Near the middle of August I found myself just roaming through the dark and empty halls of Nativity of Mary School. Somebody noticed me and said, “Father, you’re pacing around like an expectant father in the maternity ward waiting room.”
That expresses well how I feel. I am an expectant Father – waiting for the children to come back. Soon the children will be here for school and for the evening religious education programs. Until then I watch for them. I am restless to make sure that everything is in order for them when they finally arrive.
So parents, enjoy what is left of summer break but then bring the children to Nativity of Mary School and Religious Education! How wonderful it is when we can pass on to the children a spirituality of love and faith.
Often as I am preparing couples for marriage I ask them to imagine what their new family life will be like. I ask them to consider what it would be like if together they decided that they would not expose their family to music. Nobody would sing or even hum in their home. There would be no radios or iPods. Spending money on music lessons and musical instruments would be regarded as foolish or wasteful.
They all agree how improvident that would be. They all acknowledge that music touches us deeply and develops a part of our person in a way that nothing else can.
How much more misguided it would be not to fill our homes and family lives with faith, prayer, and spirituality. Let’s all commit to offer the parents of our parish our support as they raise their children to be grounded with a good moral compass and strong values. Let’s pass on to our children the deep intellectual and mystical tradition of our Church. Children need the beautiful love and truths of God to touch them (and indeed to save them) in a way that nothing else ever could.
I found a couple of websites to recommend to our parents, teachers, youth ministers, and catechists – http://amazingcatechists.com/ and http://catecheticsonline.com/ . They offer all sorts of resources to inspire the children and to bring to them the light and deep joy of our Catholic faith.
I am so grateful for all of the work that is being done around here to ensure this expectant Father that we will be giving the children our best. I also am confident that God who has begun a good work in the lives of our children will bring it to a glorious completion (Phil. 1:6).
Let the school year begin! God is with us and helping us to grow strong in grace. With great hope,