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ABC PRAYER: FOR SCHOOL 2021-22
CHURCH ANEW

Aug. 19, 2021

In this article I do not have answers or public health expert-level advice. For that I would suggest turning to reliable news sources and also consulting with your local pediatrician. I’d also recommend that all eligible people get vaccinated, and that parents protect their own children and others by wearing masks and staying home from school when ill.

What I do want to offer today, though, is a prayer — for all of us, parents, caregivers, students, teachers, administrators, supporters alike, listed in the form of the ABCs. May God go before us even into this uncertainty, fear, and frustration.

Dear God, Today I pray for all of us as a new school year begins:

IS CLASSICAL EDUCATION THE FUTURE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS?
U.S. CATHOLIC MAGAZINE

Aug. 18, 2021

Ospino notes that many classical schools are being founded in mostly white European American upper-middle-class settings, while Catholic populations in the United States are growing fastest among Hispanic and Asian Americans in the South and Southwest.

“We need to figure out a way of making these resources available to the emergent populations of the South without turning [classical Catholic schools] into instruments of segregation or another private education option,” he says. “That’s always the dilemma. Everyone understands that Catholic education unfortunately is expensive. . . . [It is] vulnerable to donors that have a political agenda. We gain absolutely nothing with gaining a Catholic school but losing our soul.”

SIMONE BILES KNOWS WHAT CHRISTIANS TOO OFTEN FORGET
SOJOURNERS

Aug. 6, 2021

She chose to believe she had intrinsic value, something all human beings have by virtue of creation by a good God — a God millions of us claim to believe in, but so few of us act like we believe is actually real.

Because if we believed God’s creation had value simply by being created, we wouldn’t do this to each other or to ourselves. And people said she let her country down, let her teammates down, let them down. They said it believing that they themselves were only the money in their bank accounts and the number of followers on their social media accounts that they tracked in their sleep and worshiped when they woke up in the morning.

Through her actions, she shouted the secret that mothers whisper to their newborn babies all over the world — a world that tries to disprove the secret the moment the babies are born.

You are loved.

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