Catholic schools who are forming students as St. John Paul II states, "Before making practical plans, we need to promote a spirituality of communion, making it the guiding principle of education wherever individuals and Christians are formed…” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, #43).
Because this is a great time to engage your middle- or high-school age children when they just don’t want to do school work but are still open to learning. Or, better still, students who have completed their work and are recovering from extracurricular activities or sports may want to enjoy some "down time."
All the information at our finger tips today, is not necessarily an example of docilitas as information for information sake isn’t what docilitas is about. Rather it’s about us “…being…capable of receiving from outside of ourselves what we are” (Schall,184). It is about receiving that which we do not know.
Fr. Erik reminded us that in our profession as teachers we may be inclined to focus on those students “on the edge”. Rightfully so, we are to engage all where they are, but it is those closest to us that we may inadvertently neglect. Without a misstep of doubt, he urged us to remind those closest to us that they were personally loved and to bring them to the house of God to feel his mercy. It is through our actions of reaching out to all students that we say “yes” to the Lord and thus we become selfless as Christ humbled himself even to the point of the cross.
We chose this name for our blog to emphasize our school’s mission, vision and philosophy as summarized in the four Latin terms in our coat of arms – Libertas, Doclitas, Veritas, and Sanctificate. While each term is essential to fulfilling what happens within the school community, it is also important to fulfilling what we take outside of the school community, thus Sanctificate is the ultimate aim of an OCA education.