November 8, 2010

We are the future! We are the light!

The world that we live in is one filled with many messages. Often we are inundated with messages that are rooted in a spiritual absence or darkness, messages that deny or lack a faith element. However, even within these messages there is other news that fills us with hope, stories that capture the light of faith and shine it into all the corners of our life.

In his message for the 26th World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI said: “We are a people ‘Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.”

We have a sacred or graced history and continually re-weave and renew our identity in the face of ever-changing circumstances, conditions and challenges, confident that there is a future for God’s people.

We can think of the relationship between the future and our faith like the relationship between a lighthouse and an ocean. The ocean, like the future, presents uncertainties but it also presents opportunity, while the lighthouse stands on the shore shining like a guiding light.

This is how our faith works; it gives us the will and the desire to embrace the opportunity of the future despite any uncertainty and it guides us with its light. Because of the hope that the future holds, we must not shy away from it but rather embrace it wholeheartedly and celebrate the opportunities that it presents for us as Catholics.

One of these opportunities occurs in our Catholic schools.

From the youngest of students and onward, the youth of today fill our Catholic schools with a vibrant energy that compels us to move forward and embrace the future. We watch them grow in faith, through a strong foundation that has been modeled to them at school, home and Church and we are excited by their journey. It is this joy that propels us to embrace the future with hope and faith.

Let us celebrate Catholic schools with a renewed energetic spirituality and vibrant faith that mirrors the energy and enthusiasm that we see in our students. Let us hold them up as lights in the world, as we throw open the doors to the future and stand ready to journey in its light.