You can’t tell it by the weather, but a sure sign that summer is ending is that it is time to go back to school. It is one of those times in life when we are both sad and happy. Sad because the summer was all too short but happy to be back with friends and become involved in school activities.
For those moving up to high school or college it is a time of expectation and trepidation. There is the excitement of new surroundings, new friends, and more challenging classes but the apprehension that is part of a totally new situation.
If you have a child starting school for the first time, the excitement and trepidation with a touch of sadness is just as strong for mom and dad as for the new scholar.
Education doesn’t begin and end with school or college, it begins with the family where children first learn from the witness of their parents and interaction with brothers and sisters and family members. Nor does education end with graduation. Life is an educational process, some formal but mostly learning from everyday experiences.
This process is true for our spiritual growth as it is for our physical and intellectual growth. The roots of faith are found in our family of origin. As small children we are like sponges, absorbing everything we see or hear. The family is our first church and our first classroom.
Let us be aware of how blessed we are to have access to education. All of us were touched by the Pakistani girl who was shot and seriously wounded for speaking up about the need of educational opportunities for girls and young women.
I ask God’s blessing on all of our students, teachers and administrators (and parents) that they have a happy and fruitful school year.