Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I am fortunate enough to live by this mantra. This is my 6th year teaching in a Catholic school and my 13th year at John Paul II/Queen of the Holy Rosary, as I attended grade school there from K-8 and now teach there.
As Catholic Schools Week quickly approaches, it’s a great time to reminisce about my Catholic education as I grew from student to teacher, and about my decision to join the Catholic Education Foundation’s Futures Committee.
My Catholic faith has always been a part of my life. I was blessed enough to attend Catholic schools throughout my education, even through college at Benedictine. However, I’m not sure I appreciated it nearly as much as the children that benefit from the Catholic Education Foundation scholarships and CEF Futures Guardian Angel Fund. The fire in their hearts for Catholic schools is practically palpable and truly inspiring!
The Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee recently toured and had lunch with students at Resurrection Catholic School, the parochial school located next to the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, KS. This is the second time I’ve had the privilege of spending time at one of our CEF Schools. Both times I’ve left with a sense of pride. Pride in the Church’s mission in providing education to our youth, even with limited financial resources, and pride in the universality of our Faith.
When I found out my husband and I were expecting, I experienced unexplainable joy, along with an immediate shift in my thought process. Things I had never given much consideration in the past now seemed vital. An expecting mom’s brain is controlled chaos at best but from day one she begins to contemplate the best way to raise her child. I had to ask myself what mattered most. What are the best qualities of my husband and me? How do I pass ONLY those parts onto my child?