"From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others." -St. Pope John Paul II
Last week we had our monthly all school Adoration worship liturgy. This is a time for all of our students, faculty, and staff to gather as one in adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and for prayer. We are truly blessed at STM to have this opportunity to gather as one to be with our Lord for quiet and for prayer. Many of our students can feel overwhelmed by the “noise” they experience throughout the day. The opportunity to be “in-depth” with our Lord free from distraction is a time for our students to draw the strength, peace, and direction needed in their lives. It is not easy for them to live in a world that does not embrace our Catholic Faith and so as St. Pope John Paul II said, it is from the Eucharist, from Christ who gives the strength to pursue and lead lives of virtue and holiness and be a light for others.
This time to be “in-depth” with the Lord in Adoration is an example of the how we enter into the classroom of prayer to be taught by Him who knows us best. In the same way, our students engage in the classroom of their various subjects to be taught by our teachers who are masters of their content area and share their wealth of knowledge and wisdom with the students. With moving to the Trimester schedule next year, our students and teachers will be able to go more in-depth with their learning and content with the longer class periods. Instead of feeling rushed throughout the class period and school day, teachers and students can go deeper with their learning and content by engaging in good meaningful discussion, contemplating truth in their class, and seeing the beauty of learning. This is another example of how the “both and” of our Catholic Faith shines through in our mission of Catholic Education at STM. This will only strengthen our faith and academics at STM in the future.