BRIMMING WITH HOPE | The Paramount Importance of Catholic Education

Kurt Nelson

This week is a special one for Catholic education as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Gravissimum Educationis," the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Christian Education, promulgated by Blessed Pope Paul VI on Oct. 28, 1965.

The council reminded us of the threefold purpose of education: forming the human person, promoting the good of society and preparing each person's soul for its eternal end. These earthly and eternal purposes of education are also reflected in one of the priorities of the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative -- Catechesis and Academic Excellence.

Editorial | Educate me, please

Pope Francis offers a guide to Catholic education when he urges us to create the material and spiritual conditions for young people's full development. This will give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; guaranteeing their safety and their education will help them to be everything they can be, the pope explains.

With the help of many, many parishioners and others, that is what Catholic educators are doing in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The key is the help they receive.

Editorial | A vital part of our mission

Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church's mission to preach the Gospel, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Neb., and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, told their fellow U.S. bishops last fall in a report on Catholic schools in the U.S. and underserved populations.

Catholic schools are a unique and rich blessing to the Church, the bishops said in their report. The schools offer hope when they reach out to diverse populations of Catholic children, they added.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Summer downtime is good for your brain

Kurt Nelson

"I'm bored!" How many times has that phrase been uttered at your house this summer? Parents and caregivers cringe at that complaint, but it might actually be more of an opportunity for your child than a problem.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Prayer, virtue and dignity don't take a summer break

Kurt Nelson

Imagine you're a parent giving a ride to your elementary school daughter and some of her friends. In the back seat, you hear some of them start gossiping about someone not in the car. Another child pipes up with, "you know, this kind of talk is not very virtuous." What would you expect to happen next? Perhaps you might brace yourself for the others in the car to call the child who spoke up a "goody two-shoes" or some similar words of disapproval.

Cardinal Parolin calls for overhaul in education to focus on the person

VATICAN CITY -- The current "culture of conflict" is an indication that schools and universities need to create conditions that will develop "a new humanism" and "rebuild a spirit of fraternity among people and nations," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

"The current context of hatred and contempt among people is constituted by a radical rejection of humanity in the other," said Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, June 3. "The acceptance of diversity is therefore fundamental for mutual respect and for the freedom to express one's own ideas and religious convictions."

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