Pray for a fruitful academic year at Sacred Heart School

By Jose Maria Gonzalez, Director of Faith Formation

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked Him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
These words of our Lord sound harsh and difficult to understand, especially considering the tender demeanor we typically see Him with. But his love is perfect and He does not hesitate to help us understand that our condition here on Earth is that of a constant and difficult battle. We have Him and his love, and that is all we need; and yet, we struggle with our weaknesses, lack of faith, limited understanding, and a myriad of other problems. He knows we are weak and He, as a good teacher, is patient and teaches us with tough love.
Summer break is coming to an end and the new school year is around the corner. Depending on our circumstances, this can be more or less challenging. For all, though, this is a period of change and going back to the routines that make hard work possible.
I want to invite everybody to pray for a fruitful academic year at Sacred Heart School. Let’s ask our Heavenly Father that He might grant all the graces we need to keep up with good work, so we can continue living the high standards that have always determined all we do at Sacred Heart. We want strong faith, excellent academics, and competitive sports to be our trademark.
This is not an easy task. Administration, teachers, staff, students, families, members of our community and all that pray for and help at our school know that it is not easy to stay focused, to keep smiling and working hard, to be patient and loving, to keep ourselves accountable and help everybody stay on task. After the thrill of the new academic year is gone, let’s all raise our hearts to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He will help us navigate this narrow gate, not only when difficulties are visible and evident, but always.
Lastly, let’s all pray for Coen Brown, his family and friends, and all who have the privilege of knowing him. Let’s ask our Lord that He might bring health and strength and that He might be especially close to Coen, to bring comfort and peace.