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, September 12, 2013


I spent today in a conference on executive functioning...but I'm not going to blog about that 7 hour experience tonight.

Instead, I want to focus on a less than one minute interaction that made all the difference in my day. It went something like this...

Me (seeing an ACE grad/prior faculty member after school who was subbing - she's in the process of kicking cancer's butt, by the way): "I just wanted to come over and say hi. (Hug) I'm supposed to tell you that Sarah (ACE supervisor) wants you to know you're in her prayers."

Christine: "Thank you. That's so sweet. And I need to tell you something. Today, in religion class, the students were naming people who have inspired them in the faith. One student (whom she named) said that you were that inspiration for her and that she's so excited she will get to have you for religion for 3 more years now that you're in middle school."

And yes, that brief interaction, really got me thinking - there are days when I feel less than 100% and that I can't possibly be reaching every student. (And I know many others feel that way too.) But, as evidenced here, we are reaching these kids, one day, one moment (or series of moments) at a time.

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