Dan Svitich
STAR Catholic Trustee for Ponoka

Disciples of the word living a life of love

“It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.” – Pope Francis

This month, we observed Catholic Education Sunday — a day on which we celebrate and share the good news of Catholic education with our school, parish, and local communities.

Like Pope Francis says, as Catholics, we are called upon to live our faith through our words, our actions, and our service to others. We embody the teachings of Christ when we practice love and compassion, and by treating all we encounter with respect and dignity.

Our students learn these values throughout their educational journey; these lessons are as much a part of their school day as those in math, science, or language arts. Students study not only the Word of God itself, but also learn how to practice it in their daily lives.

It is fitting that, this year, our Division embarks on a brand-new three-year faith plan: “Disciples of the Word.” Now more than ever, it is important to feel connected through our faith — even if we must continue to remain physically apart — and to spread love and joy through acts of kindness and gratitude to those around us.

We are truly blessed to be able to provide our students with an education of the whole person, and we are grateful that anyone who wishes to — regardless of their individual backgrounds or respective beliefs — may choose the same for their children.

As we enter the winter season and near the end of this incredibly difficult year, may we all strive to be Disciples of the Word. May we choose to practice kindness, remember to live a life of love, and do what we can to make someone else’s days a little warmer.

– Submitted by STAR Catholic

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