It's back to school days and the department stores are reminding us. I remember well that uncomfortable feeling of anxiety and excitement beginning the new school year after the long summer vacation. And as soon as school began, it took all of five minutes for the anxiety to be gone.
It was fun to see our parish school children arrive last Monday. They were all chatty with each other as they lined up waiting for the bell to ring. Teachers were reaching out to the new students to make them feel at home as quickly as possible. Some of the older students had sprouted during the summer, arriving with many extra inches of height. Many of the little ones were darling in their slightly large uniforms that they would soon grow into.
The parents were there too, as the timetable of their lives is measured by the new grade levels of their children. They said their farewells, many experiencing much emotion, as they entrusted their treasures to the care of our wonderful school staff. And so the students begin another year of growth in character, knowledge and grace.
But, what about the parents? They face a huge challenge. Each year the needs of a child changes and a parent’s skill set needs to adapt. As a child grows, so the parents need to grow too. This is where good teachers are invaluable, as they can explain to parents the stages of child development. And of course the Great Teacher, the Lord Jesus, is the one who gives parents the graces they need, the courage, the endless patience and the love, as they nurture these little ones on the road to maturity.
With all the energy I have, I want to encourage parents to make our Eucharistic Celebration, our Sunday Mass the focus of the week. I believe this is such an important hour for us each week. It is the hour for ourselves. It is in that hour we give the Lord a chance to nourish us. No other hour of our week is more important.
God bless you all,
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