As I write this column we are on the eve of the first full day of school in our Catholic schools. I know that all teachers work hard and all teachers should be applauded. However, in this space I want to thank those who enter into our schools as ministers of education.
We did not know how to tie our shoe until someone taught us. Why would we think that stewardship is instinctive? Back to school is a great time to share how the tradition of Christian stewardship came straight out of the Bible.
The Sisters of St. Joseph, Rochester, are a household name in Dallas County and the county seat, Selma, where the poverty rate is above 25 percent. Today that name is associated with Sister Pat and Sister Kathy who have been ministering with the Edmundite Missions in this area for over 20 years.
As an athlete, I was constantly figuring out the best role for myself to help my team achieve success. The best coaches that I played for would guide me through this process along with my teammates because the team results were the most important objective.
I think most people are familiar with the concept that human beings use both faith and reason to come to knowledge. We usually see this when we are talking about coming to know God. As Catholics we know that we must have faith, but we also know that our faith must be informed with reason. These two faculties work hand in hand.
El evangelio según San Mateo nos describe el inicio de la vida pública de Jesús, en el podemos observar cuando Jesús empezó a predicar, y como llamó a Simón Pedro y a su hermano Andrés mientras pescaban a la orilla del mar de Galilea diciéndoles: Vengan conmigo y los haré pescadores de hombres.
As we prepare to begin a new academic year in our Catholic schools, all of us are aware that COVID-19 remains a serious health issue. I wish to thank all who serve in our Catholic schools for their outstanding efforts last year in providing both excellent education and safety for our students. I have great confidence in them again this year.
The last few weeks have been great for me in terms of my family life. Three of my five children are grown and no longer live at home. In fact, each of them is at least 13 hours driving from my house. All three of them were home around the Fourth of July. It was fantastic having everyone home. I miss having my whole family together. I mourn for what the family used to be, but that is not the real point of this article.
We are each a unique piece to God’s puzzle. It takes each one of us using our gifts and talents to fulfill God’s plan for our lives. A puzzle cannot be completed if just one piece is missing, each piece is equally important.