The Pastor's Corner (September 8, 2023)

The Pastor's Corner

by Fr. Bob Hoffman


As the first progress reports of the year go out, it is worth remembering what Saint Paul wrote in Romans (and similarly in Corinthians): “For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them…”

Every gift that we have is a gift that has been given to us by God. As children, we discover those gifts. As we grow older, we work to further develop those God-given gifts. And we discern toward what purpose God wants us to apply those gifts.

There are certain skills which we all need to have a certain competence to function in the world. But it can be a wonderful thing as a parent to see which special gifts God has given to your child. Some are really good at mathematics. Others are voracious readers. Some are incredible artists. And others are gifted athletes. 

First comes the discovery of these gifts. But second, and as importantly, comes the discernment of how to apply those gifts in accord with God’s plan. 

These proficiency reports might indicate an area that will require some extra work. And they will also undoubtedly show some of those special gifts too. The good news is that the grade itself matters little at this level. What matters more is that the necessary skills are mastered to allow progression to the next level.

So, support your children at home in mastering the skills that they are learning. And be willing to meet with their teacher to collaboratively determine how to help your children to be who God meant them to be.