December 27, 2012
An outstanding piece on Catholic schools and the "new evangelization"
This piece, by Detroit's Archbishop Vigneron, is wonderful. Read it, share it with everyone you know, and commit yourself to doing all you can to strengthen and sustain Catholic schools and their mission. A bit:
I also believe that in order to re-launch Catholic school education, fulfilling the
mission Our Lord is calling us to fulfill through our schools, we need to become
agents of a fundamental renewal of our Catholic schools. Here I look to the great
scholar Alcuin, who was the schoolmaster of Charlemagne and a very significant reformer
of Catholic education around the turn of the 9th Century and one of the leading lights of
the Carolingian Renaissance. Alcuin’s efforts at launching a new education project
bore great fruit, reshaping Christian culture over 1000 years ago.
Today, we’re Alcuin. Christ is calling us “(to) put out into deep water” in the work of
renewal. We must be “deep” in our selfexamination, “deep” in the changes we are
willing to make for the sake of our mission, and “deep” in the boldness with which we
will launch out into a new way of educating our children. Half-measures will not be
sufficient to do the job. Our schools need our commitment, our self-investment, and
our resolve if they are to become the instruments of the New Evangelization Christ
wants them to be. Our children need what we have to offer in our schools, which is to
say they need Jesus, and woe to us if we fail them. Jesus himself expects this of us, and
we cannot disappoint him. I am resolved to spend the rest of my time as Archbishop of
Detroit working to strengthen our schools. I know that you join me in that resolve,
because we know that nothing less than our children’s salvation is at stake.
7 Lk 5:4.
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