Mar 23, 2017
Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
Well you've heard me talk about it for quite a while. If you read my column on a regular basis, you've also read about it a number of times. What am I talking about? BEYOND SUNDAY! Well, we are in the final stretch and will wrap it up over the next three Sundays, with next Sunday being the main "Commitment Sunday." Next Sunday, everyone who has not had a chance to make a pledge will be able to do so. I am asking each of you to pray over your participation this week and, if married, talk it over with your significant other.
Our Archbishop refers to it as his final capital campaign. I think it is also his most important one. I realize that we make a lot of requests on your limited resources, but if anyone has a right to make that request it is our children. You all know the saying better than I, "It takes a village to raise a child." The old model of the Parochial School system worked, not because there were a lot of wealthy parents, but because those who had gone before helped those coming after them.
I spent my years in the seminary defending my public education, which was not nearly as bad as some people make it sound. Now don't tell any of my classmates, but I will admit that I could often recognize the disadvantage I was at because of it. While I was lucky my parents made sure we did our homework and got good grades, there were elements like which books we read and did not read, which nevertheless made a definite impact when I entered college.
The world is extremely competitive. There are many people in the unemployment lines with college degrees, even PhDs. If we are serious about the claim that "they" are "our" children, then I hope we are just as serious about giving them every advantage that we can give them. Because in the end, it will not only make a difference in their lives, but in the village in which we all live.
May God bless your generosity, "good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."
In the Redeemer,