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End of school year is a time to express gratitude - article- June 2016

End of school year is a time to express gratitude

By Deb Euteneuer

Reflecting on this past year, especially as families have registered their children for the past school year, it occurred to me that we do not give enough thanks to our faithful families who sacrifice so much to ensure a Roman Catholic education for their children.

I offer prayers for all our dads who give extraordinarily in time, treasure and talent. I thought of our moms who also forego temporary extras for the eternal joy of their loved ones. What a great example you set.

Please also pray for me that I follow your lead and imitate your example of self-giving now and next year, as we move forward collaboratively to live the Gospel message of genuine love for each other. The bar is set high for each of us, but with the Holy Spirit, we can leap it.

As we look to the upcoming summer and warmer weather, moms and dads, you have a summer assignment.

In 1920, Luther Burbank wrote: “Every child should have mud pies grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”

So your assignment is this: Let your child enjoy the best part of education this summer, and hopefully, you can enjoy it with them. May God bless you and keep you safe. I thank you for sharing your children with us this past year. It is an honor to be part of their lives.

Note about new graduates

As for the graduates of our schools: God, we thank you for the gifts of these graduates: their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity, their open speech and encouraging words.

Their contributions have blessed and challenged us, and we have become a richer and more diverse community because of them.

As they step forward into the world that awaits them, comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence. Strengthen them as they walk in the footsteps of Jesus as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit.

Guide their feet as they move through life, protecting them from the evils of this world while they help to lead future generations into the warmth and promise of your light. We ask this blessing upon each of them, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Deb Euteneuer is principal of St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd.