I would like to welcome the Holy Angels School faculty and students as they begin a new school year. May the students be filled with a desire to learn and grow in the Faith and may the Lord guide the teachers with wisdom, understanding and a firm devotion to God. St. John Baptist de la Salle was canonized in 1900 and on May 15, 1950 Pope Pius X proclaimed him the patron saint of teachers. St. John Baptist de la Salle is considered the founder of the first Catholic schools. His greatest message to his disciples was to develop the spirit of religion in the souls of their pupils. He writes that there are only two duties of a Christian; knowing God and loving God. He believed without the fulfillment of these obligations a person cannot achieve salvation and therefore, cannot be fully Christian. To accomplish these duties, students needed knowledge and most importantly, catechism that would both instruct them and provide the socialization that would add to them becoming “better Christians.” In fact, de la Salle charges teachers with the responsibility “to inspire them [students] with the Christian spirit” and calls this “the greatest miracle one can perform.”
We ask the Lord to keep our children safe this school year and may we all be diligent in watching out for our young people as they cross the street before and after school.