FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. (John 1:-1-2). So begins the Gospel of John.

And it continues with these words.

“…. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.  He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.(John 1-10-11)

This is the state of humanity at the present time. It is import to note that this is not God’s will for His creation; rather it is the way that people have chosen to live out their humanity. Yet this presents a tremendous challenge for those of us who choose another way, God’s way, to live out our being. Those of us who embrace God’s will know that we are both human and spiritual. As St. Athanasius said in the 4th century “God became man that man might become God”. But in every day 21st century culture how do we do that? And of even greater importance, how do we teach and support our children as they live out God’s will for each of them?

This coming Tuesday evening (January 15th), we will have an opportunity to learn more about this challenge, which is at the core of our call to be parents, when Rita King, Theology teacher, who specializes in ethics and morality at St. Viator High School, will come and share her thoughts about “Raising Children in a Culture of Relativism”.

Relativism is simply the notion that there is no universal, objective truth. Every point of view just has its own truth. So, one idea is just a good as the next and anyone’s opinion is a valid as the next. This is not to be confused with tolerance, which is based in the truth of God’s creation and, ultimately, respect for God.

This is the distinction between living for the moment or living for eternity. Choose the latter and bring your children to that life for which God has created them.