Public school teachers and principals were reminded during the annual Advent Recollection hosted by the Diocese of Novaliches Catechetical Foundation last November 24, 2018 at the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders that regardless of profession, everyone’s vocation is towards holiness.
“Your vocation is to be holy, All of us are called to holiness, ” said Diocesan Oeconomus Rev. Fr. Marlou Lemaire in Filipino.
Lifting from Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation entitled Gaudete Et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), he focused on the fact that all can become holy in today’s world, including and most especially teachers and principals.
“Do good, avoid evil. It is the good things that we are doing that will bring us to heaven,” he added. “God is more interested in what you did for your neighbor in need.”
Complimenting them for their noble profession and informing them with pride that he too was a product of public schools, he encouraged them to go beyond teaching the academics to their students.
“The problem with our Country is not poverty but stupidness. It is not (the lack of) money but that of values, virtues, character, attitude,” he emphasized matter-of-factly.
“Inculcate in your students good values,” he continued, “Show them you are industrious, punctual, and understanding”
He added that this can be done through the fruit of the Holy Spirit and went on to enumerate what virtues make up this fruit, namely “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
The Advent recollection ended with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Diocesan Catechetical Ministry Director Rev. Fr. Aristeo De Leon. Implemented in partnership with the Department of Education, around 600 participants coming from 40 Public schools located in the Diocese of Novaliches attended the event. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)