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November 7, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Open wide the doors to Christ!

In the Book of Revelation we read, "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Revelation 3.20).

When Pope John Paul II began his pontificate some of the first words he spoke were: "Do not be afraid. Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ." His words have been echoed by Pope Benedict XVI.

These words are an invitation to believers not to be afraid to allow the light and love of Christ to touch and transform our lives. As Catholics, we actively seek this light. We open the door to the Lord and know that he will come and sit with us and guide us. Let us be sure to open this door in our Catholic schools.

Our beloved students need our schools to be bright with the light of Christ. We open the door to the Lord when the students follow a curriculum and activities fully permeated with the beauty of our faith; when teachers are authentic witnesses of the Christian life; when staff and administration strive diligently to ensure that our schools form a Gospel culture; and when trustees are guided by the teachings of the Lord and his Church and reflect their faith in the political arena.

PRICELESS TREASURE

Schools that consciously open their doors to Christ are a priceless treasure. We must continue to support the valuable and vital role that our Catholic schools play in our Church and in our broader communities.

Let this Catholic Education Sunday be a call to ensure that we are continuing to open wide the doors to Christ in our schools. We will face challenges, but we must not cower in the face of them. Rather, we must remain steadfast in our relationship with Christ and his Church.

With Christ as our teacher, we will learn and grow in a living tradition of faith and wisdom. Opening wide our doors to him, we shall be transformed into authentic witnesses of his love.

Therefore, do not be afraid. Let us move forward and open wide the doors of our hearts and our schools to Christ.

  • Most Reverend Richard W. Smith
    Archbishop of Edmonton
  • Most Reverend Frederick Henry
    Bishop of Calgary
  • Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas CSsR
    Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan
  • Most Reverend David Motiuk
    Bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton
  • Most Reverend Murray Chatlain
    Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith
  • Most Reverend Luc Bouchard
    Bishop of St. Paul