I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Human Touch & Well Wishes

"I'll never let go," one student said as she wrapped her arms around me and stayed hugging me for about 30 seconds. "Happy Birthday," she kept repeating every few seconds.

Students in the lunchroom kept breaking into choruses of "Happy Birthday Ms. Foyle" and making sure they gave me at least 3 or 4 hugs just within the recess and lunch period.

(My birthday is not until tomorrow, but we have parent/teacher conferences, so I guess my students wanted to make sure the wishes last through my actual day.)

While I was rather embarrassed at how much (and how loudly) they kept singing and hugging, there is something to be said for human touch - those hugs were an amazing lift to my spirits.

To receive such affection from so many young people in our school without really doing much to deserve their love gave me just a tiny glimpse into how incredible God's unconditional and unending love for each of us truly is. And His healing and loving touch is all around us. All the time.


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