Educators Inspire Faith and Action – By Anne P. Battes

educators-inspire-faith-and-actionAs we reflect on the journey of this year, we rejoice in the seeds that were planted to grow disciples. We rejoice in the educators who have helped to plant those seeds.

Teachers, catechists, and administrators in Catholic education are a gift from God and are some of the most inspiring people in our lives. Inspiration comes in many forms, from simple everyday life to extraordinary exceptions. In my own experience over the years, I have met educators in Catholic education that inspire by:

  • helping children to see the virtue of caring for others who are in need by sharing belongings, food, and talents to help others;
  • modeling prayer in times of joy when a new baby arrives in a family, in times of sadness when a family member dies, or when there is tragedy in the community;
  • working to help families with ways to develop discipleship at home, through sharing ideas, offering prayer, modeling forgiveness, and giving hope to parents as their children grow through the stages of life;
  • choosing the extraordinary of giving physical life to a young person by donating a kidney, standing up for a child in a family crisis by testifying in court, or accepting a child into their home and family in times of grief and hardship;
  • openly saying yes to Jesus Christ by being present every day for the children, young people, and families they serve, answering the call of baptism.

I am humbled and continually inspired by these people living the joy of the Gospel. These ministers in Catholic education choose faith, and witness that faith thereby inspiring both faith and action. As committed disciples of Jesus, God has chosen these ministers, and in the words of St. Paul,

I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6

RCL Benziger is grateful to all ministers in Catholic education for their dedication and commitment to the teaching mission of Jesus Christ. May the upcoming summer months bring time for relaxation and reflection to once again be renewed for another year in forming disciples.

Anne P. Battes is the Publisher for RCL Benziger.

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