Week of May 28
May 29, 2019
Letter from Mr. Hamilton
There is an old proverb that says, “Give me a fish and I eat for a day - teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” When reading this, it makes me think about prayers and graduation speeches and how they relate to this proverb. It makes me think of the benefits of a child spending 7 1/2 hours of their day (for 180 days out of the year) at a Catholic school, praying whenever and wherever they wish during those hours. Many of those prayers are memorized, but the real challenge is to teach them how to pray in their own words. We can give them a prayer and they can read it today, but teach them to pray from the heart and they will develop a closer, more personal relationship with the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit that will last a lifetime. At graduation we sometimes hear speeches about taking what was learned and applying it or taking the “tools” taught to us and using them to the best of our ability. Often times, graduates are encouraged to continue down the righteous path of receiving the Sacraments and to continue practicing the Catholic faith by making good choices and going to church on Sunday. We can give graduates these pieces of advice and opportunities, but by teaching them what it really means to be a child of God and to walk in the path of Jesus, we fill them with the spiritual nourishment they need to actively live a life of faith, hope, and love.
I give credit to all teachers because they do so much more than give children “fish to eat.” They provide the foundation of faith which promotes continuous growth through the power of the Holy Spirit, on a journey with Christ, to be with the Father in heaven.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
As we close the book on another chapter in education I hope and pray that everyone has a safe summer filled with family fun, faith, love and laughter. Continue, every day, to grow in faith through prayer and through living the Gospel.
Blessings to all,