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From the Rector
As we head towards the end of the first term, and parents and carers discuss the progress of their children with their teachers, I would like to share a reflection put together by some parents in another school some years ago.
I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.
I can tell you about goals, but I cannot achieve them for you.
I can give you advice and directions, but I cannot make you follow them.
I can pray for you and with you, but I cannot put God at the centre of your life.
I can allow you freedom, but I cannot be responsible for everything you choose to do.
I can show you my values and my faith, but I cannot force you to believe.
I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot make decisions for you.
I can buy you beautiful things, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you generous.
I can tell you about respect for others, but I cannot make you practise it.
I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you.
I can tell you about the effects of drink and drugs, but I cannot say no for you.
I can warn you about sin, but I cannot avoid the temptations for you.
I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your friend.
I can tell you how to live a happy life, but I cannot give you eternal life.
Dear readers, I am sure you could add several other pieces of advice…
It would be good if parents and children read through the above reflection quietly – even as a reflection for Lent – and highlight two or three statements that would help their family life.
Fr Frank Bertagnolli, SDB