TO BOLDLY GO…. EXPLORING THE CHALLENGE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION. WHAT IS OUR MISSION?. …TO EXPLORE NEW WORLDS … TO ENCOUNTER NEW LIFE FORMS … TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE the Magi and the “Enterprise”. The Gift of the Magi. We don’t know how many or who
EXPLORING THE CHALLENGE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Create institutional climate
Bring vision, planning
We are judged on:
Being popular w/parents
Doing good fundraising
Getting classes covered, lunches served.The difficulty:
56% school performance 22% my parents might divorce
53% looks 21% I may die soon
48% others like me 19% sexual abuse
47% one parent might die 18% trouble from friends
45% how I’m treated by friends
38% societal ills 15% parent’s drinking
36% violence at school 12% getting beat up at school
35% I might lose a friend 11% I might kill myself
30% might not get a good job
26% body normality
25% US nuked
Lack of recognition
Lack of involvement
Lack of support
“Teach them always”
“Don’t worry about…”
“I send you out as lambs among wolves”
“They will flog you in their synagogues”How do we follow the message and example of Jesus?
“Behold I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”
journey across the burning desert as did the Magi?
Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds?
Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary?
For each of us
There is a desert to travel
A star to discover
And being within ourselves to bring to life.
We will need energy
We will need vision
We will need to be at ease with ourselves and our decisions.
Above all, like the psalmist
We will need to “keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, our God”
Until God lets us rest
And then we will know
As we have always known
That the effort was worth
The gift of our lives
The best of our years
The length of our days