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 5, 2015

Planting Seeds of Faith

After the students' Confirmation vigil and rehearsal last night, one of the moms introduced me to her daughter's sponsor by saying, "This is the woman who's taught my daughter all about the Catholic faith." I was astonished that she would give me so much "credit," as this particular family is one I know of that practices the faith regularly and engages in opportunities of service and growth in relationship with God. It was a simple affirmation, and it was one I needed, as (in the education field, as anyone would likely tell you) it's hard to know sometimes if one is making a difference.

This ties into what my Bible Study group was discussing the other night - we often plant seeds but do not ever know if those seeds have taken root and blossomed. (If we saw the fruit of every seed "planted," I imagine we'd lose a little (or a lot of) humility.) We have to rely on faith and the grace of God.

I pray that the seeds that have been planted in these young people over their years at our Catholic school and over the experiences they've had with their family and friends will one day take root and hold firm. May God bless them abundantly and the Holy Spirit fill them with the Gifts and Fruit they need to be men and women for Christ. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. I love getting those heartfelt affirmations, too! (Not a fan of the forced, scheduled kind.) I distinctly point to Confirmation as giving me the foundation for my faith, despite my totally wandering off until college. Those two years of sacrament prep gave me something to go back to instead of having to start fresh. Good times.