I hope you all had a great summer; and thanks to all who were able to make it to our summer sessions. I hope they were a lot of fun!
Let's get serious though; this is the time of year everyone is heading back to school. For some of you, you're starting a new chapter of your life known as high school. I cannot tell you how I admire you for the roller coaster you're about to ride. High School is not easy (believe me, I know), and it can be a crazy time trying to figure out who you are. It can also be extremely exciting, because you learn things about yourself you never knew. It's also the first time where you (not your parents) own the faith you believe.
High School is also a time where your faith get lost, where you try things you think will make you happy, will help you to "fit in", and leave you feeling like God isn't there or that you cannot be loved.
Let me get rid of those lies right now; if you're scared about high school, you have such an awesome support group to help you. You have your parents, your teachers. You have Fr. Rick and myself if you need to talk to us; it's why we're here. We want to help you not just succeed in high school, but help you grow in your faith at the same time.
One of our patrons, St. John Paul II, said that a life with Christ is a wonderful adventure; high school is when that adventure starts.
We'll be starting our school year off talking with Fr. John Hollowell. He's going to be talking to us on Homosexuality, and the Church's teachings on it on Aug. 10th at 6:00PM. I hope to see all of you there!
All this year, we'll be covering the topics you guys came up with earlier this summer. I promise, these will help you grow in your faith and you'll have fun at the same time!
If you need someone to talk to, or if you have something you want prayed for, here is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let me close this post with a prayer to help you start the new school year, and know that I'll be praying for you!)
Be not afraid!
Well Lord, here we are once again. My classes are selected and my schedule is planned out, and another year of schooling stretches out before me. I thank you for the opportunity to become educated, for the chance to study, which is a privilege many in this world are denied. I thank you for the physical and intellectual capacities that will facilitate my learning. Please help me to do my best, especially to do better than I did last year.Help me to be conscientious and observant in my studies, that nothing important may be skimmed or overlooked.Help me to keep my priorities ordered, so that my efforts are not distracted idle gossip and dubious activities, and my intentions do not become lost in the miasma of social events and commitments.Help me to be generous to others who are also studying, offering help where I may be helpful, allowing others to help where I am struggling. Help me to remember that some of your saints struggled with their studies, that I might remember to call on them – St. Joseph of Cupertino; St. Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Solanus Casey – for the help of their intercessory prayers, that in every difficulty, I might be most ready and alert to recognize your assistance.May I remember through the year that my guardian angel, your saints, and your Holy Mother are always with me, and always ready to assist with their prayers. May I remember too, that in times of real fear or apprehension, I may always place these difficulties into the depths of your Sacred Heart, that anxiety may not overwhelm me. As I apply the gifts given to me by God, our Father, I ask that I may always be a ready voice to give glory, praise and thanksgiving to your Holy Name, in true gratitude. Amen"
Originally posted on Aleteia
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