With the Pope’s recent visit to the United States, St. Joseph School has been discussing the Pope. Not just our students, but our teachers are also reflecting on his messages of faith.
"You have to teach not just about a subject, but also life's values and habits, because when it comes to learning about a subject, a computer is sufficient, but to understand how to love, to understand what the values and habits are that create harmony in the world, you need a good teacher." The Pope remarked in the National Catholic Reporter "all students must feel welcomed and loved for who they are, with all their limits and potential." The Pope asked teachers to be "witnesses of life and hope. Never, ever close the door, open all of them wide so that students will have hope." St. Joseph School is filled with enthusiastic teachers and students who are learning to create harmony in our classrooms, our homes and throughout the world.
Today in Grade 1, Father Bob brought in some of his favorite childhood superheroes, many which you may remember and some still popular today; Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, Captain American and Ironmen. Our students know that superheroes have special powers such as, leaping tall buildings in a single bound, super strength, endurance and speed, just to name a few. All these seem an easy task for superheroes. But Father’s most favorite and greatest is a beautiful figurine of Pope Francis. The Pope is our “superhero” opening our hearts to more love and patience!
Pope Francis doesn’t have any of those supernatural powers, but he has gifts. And they are plentiful! Most powerful is his gift of speaking. Through his voice, he brings comfort and happiness to those who hear it. His gift of speaking allows him to pray for but himself and encourage others to do God’s will.