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wendy
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PostSubject: Catholic schools must strive to form saints, says bishop   Wed 20 Aug 2008 - 8:06

Kansas City, Aug 19, 2008 / 12:50 pm (CNA).-
In his
column in the Catholic Key, Bishop Robert W. Finn from the Diocese of Kansas
City–St. Joseph emphasized that “Catholic schools exist for a supernatural
purpose:” to assist students in developing virtue on their path to ‘eternal
salvation.’

Around this time of year, the Bishop Finn began, “Students all over the
diocese get their back packs together, some put on uniforms, and everyone begins
getting up a bit earlier and ready for school…The new year begins and our
Catholic schools remain a big part of it: for many generations - and for
thousands of students.”

He noted that Catholic schools don’t focus solely on “measurable outcomes, or
even helping students learn essential facts and marketable skills that prepare
them for employment.” But rather, “Catholic schools exist for a supernatural
purpose.”

Bishop Finn continued by emphasizing that the schools are “about the
formation of men and women in all aspects of life and living. Each student must
be what God intends him or her to be. They must be helped toward their eternal
salvation.”

The schools must “lead to the development of men and women who live virtue,
understand better the mystery and meaning of life, and who will be set on a path
which acknowledges the mystery of the Cross and has heaven as its ultimate
goal.”

To do this, Catholic schools must be based on “an authentic vision of what a
person is and what his or her eternal destiny entails.” Humans were not created
for “material success or sexual gratification,” the prelate remarked. “Rather,
we are made for life-long faithful commitments that appropriately express our
gender, our vocation and utilize our talents generously.”

Bishop Finn also noted the importance of prayer in Catholic schools. “In our
schools we pray. We need to pray. Prayer is a response to our sense of God's
presence with us always, our readiness to be intercessors for one another, and
the realization that we are persons constantly in need of God's light and grace.
God is first, and when we put Him first, all the other good things find their
proper place. We worship him in the community of the Church and the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass is the font and highest expression of our life.”

“I pray that in our schools - from early childhood to university - we will be
forming saints. Through obedience to the Holy Spirit, and His light entrusted to
the Apostles, may our students begin to be more like Jesus Christ to the glory
of the heavenly Father.”

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PostSubject: Re: Catholic schools must strive to form saints, says bishop   Wed 20 Aug 2008 - 19:53

Both of my children attend Catholic school, and will do so until they decide if they wish to go to college or university. We decided to put them in Catholic school, not because we are devout Catholics, we are in religion terms Church in Wales Christians, although we do not practise this religion.

The school my sons attend is by far the best in the area and has treated my boys really well, the level of education is second to none and i would recommend that anyone that can - should consider Catholic school for their children.

Blessed be

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PostSubject: Re: Catholic schools must strive to form saints, says bishop   Thu 21 Aug 2008 - 5:15

you may find this a little amusing, but my brother is an athiest, who married a catholic girl and had 3 sons.
his wife is not a practicising catholic but her family still keep up the traditions and her boys all went to catholic schools.
i have to admit that the education and discipline certainly outways most other schools so in the long run they may reap the bennefits, but what i find hard to swallow is that in most cases that ive been aware of, these kids seem to rebell big style and very few ever practice the faith afterwards.
so im not sure how i feel about it on the whole.
should we throw our kids into catholic schools for the education and then forget about the faith? im sorry it just doesnt make sense to me, i just dont get it xxx
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PostSubject: Re: Catholic schools must strive to form saints, says bishop   Thu 21 Aug 2008 - 16:35

I see where you are coming from, I think it must be the choice of the child in the long run, both of my boys are embracing the faith at school and my eldest has expressed an interest in taking the course to convert to Catholicisim, which is something we are exploring with him at the moment.

Just because I do not practise the religion and have my own views on the topic, I will not stop or hinder my children from following, if this is there choice.

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PostSubject: Re: Catholic schools must strive to form saints, says bishop   Thu 21 Aug 2008 - 17:21

oh i agree totally hun, if thats what they want, good on em xxx
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