As our children and young people head back to school and to college I want to wish them well and encourage them in their educational endeavors. They need only to read the daily newspaper or watch a television newscast to realize how fortunate they are to live in a country where there are so many educational opportunities.
Whether a first-grader or a freshman, what they learn in the classroom must stand on the foundation of what they have learned at home. As the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council taught: “the task of imparting education belongs primarily to the family, but it requires the help of society as a whole.“
Parental responsibility is particularly important in forming and nurturing faith in their children. It is in the Christian family where children are “taught to know and worship God and to love their neighbor” in accordance with the grace received at Baptism (GE ¶3).
So as our children trudge off to school or take off for college they carry with them the indelible imprint of their family or origin. Indeed it will shape them for the rest of their lives.
I ask God’s blessing on all of our Catholic students and upon their parents for their loving care.
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