Raising the Standards
Yesterday marked the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, 2013. The theme, Raising the Standards, might refer to aiming for higher test scores and increasing graduation percentages, but it may mean more than that. If every person involved in Catholic Education from administration to volunteers to students and everyone in between set out to become the person God intended him/her to be, think what that would mean for our society. There are 1,682,412 students in our Catholic elementary and middle schools, and 638,239 in our high schools at last count. Imagine the impact these students and all who touch their lives in school could make in bringing about the Culture of Life. On the other hand, if our schools closed, how much more easily might the culture of death increase.
We are not promised the continuation of our Catholic Educational System. Pastors struggle to find ways to meet rising costs of schools. Parishes are twinned, yoked, merged and closed, threatening the very existence of Catholic Schools in their boundaries. And parents are being asked to make tough decisions, weighing the cost of a Catholic Education against the price of not sending their children to a school where core Christian values are taught across the spectrum of religious and secular subjects. What a loss to our nation when any child is denied the privilege of a Catholic education for whatever reason.
Let us pray for our Catholic schools; for teachers, students, parents, and all who support them. Let us implore Our Lady’s protection for our children. May God bless those who make great sacrifices to keep our Catholic schools open. And may these schools continue to serve our students in ways that enable them to develop their consciences, their minds and bodies according to God’s plan, so that the legacy of Catholic Education in America will flourish. Our nation owes our Catholic School system a great debt of gratitude. May our prayers help to strengthen this gift to our Land.
In the Heart of Christ the Teacher,
Mother Marie Julie