Yesterday, I attended a workshop with some other principals and administrators from our diocese. While discussing the roles we play in our Catholic schools and how best we can create a positive faith filled environment for all students, staff, and families, someone said "by being disciples with hope to bring".
That brief description stayed with me during the car ride back to school. It truly is an essential part of our Catholic school mission. The academics are important in challenging students to learn new things and acquire essential skills for their college and career futures, but even more so, is how they will treat one another and themselves throughout life, on the path that God is leading them on.
I have found from personal and professional experiences throughout my lifetime, that making connections with other humans allows us not only to love others as God calls us to do, but also to learn from our own choice of actions, as well as others' behaviors, good or bad. While every takeaway from a situation may not be positive, we can use it to become a better version of ourselves and "be disciples with hope to bring". Sharing our experiences and stories may in fact help others in ways we will never know.
With Holy Week upon us, may we all take time to reflect on the sacrifices God made for us through his Son, and give back to God and others, through prayer, worship, and service.
Happy Easter to you and your families.
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk
" Be who God meant for you to be and you will set the whole world on fire."
St. Catherine of Sienna