As we begin the celebration of this Catholic Schools Week, I’m mindful of the powerful gift of education that I have received from so many in my life. First and foremost, I am most grateful to my parents for all they have taught me both by their words and the example of their lives.
In the Gospel, we are told that Jesus grew in wisdom, age and grace before God and men. In his humanity, Jesus needed to learn just like the rest of us. Certainly, Mary and Joseph were primary educators in his life. Many of the parables and images Jesus used in his own teaching were likely ones he learned from Mary in his early years. It’s not hard to make the connection between the compassion and mercy Jesus showed to others and what he must have witnessed in Mary’s example.
As Sisters of Notre Dame, we look to Mary as a model educator. Our ministries of education are privileged ways for us to help others come to know the deep truth of God’s goodness and provident care. Perhaps you have been educated by one of our Sisters or perhaps you are a co-educator. Celebrate the great gift of Catholic education with us this week!