February 2, 2019

In the Voice of Moreau:  “Stay in your lane!” is a phrase that has been gaining popularity over the past few weeks and months.  It is something that one person says to another who is trying to pry into their affairs or meddle in their business.  While you and I might feel offended if a close friend or a spouse spoke these words to us, they would take on a deep spiritual meaning if we imagined them sounding forth from the lips of our Lord, beckoning us from his most holy Cross.  The world, the flesh and the evil one looking for ways to lead us off track and the Christ sternly warning us to say “No!” – this is the drama that is constantly unfolding in our souls whether we know it or not! How easy it is to get confused in a culture that has become a web of social media posts, political ideologies and violent confrontations.  How quick the senses are to be drawn to the shiny bait that is being set before us on a daily basis. May our hearts never, ever  veer from the voice of the Lord.  Let us have the courage to stay in the one and only lane which leads to Life. Ave Crux Spes Unica!

Holy Cross Educator’s Response: With a sense of urgency, Blessed Moreau encourages his educators: “Hurry then; take up this work of resurrection, never forgetting that the special end of [education] is before all, to sanctify youth.  It is by this that you will contribute to prepare the world for better times than ours; for these students who now attend…school are the parents of the future, the parents of future generations, each one of whom bears within themself [sic] a family” (Christian Education).  The work of resurrection for CSC educators is assisting students not only to avoid the pitfalls of  the “shiny bait” that is alluring for all citizens of this world. It is preparing parents as the first teachers of their children for each successive generation.  Thomas á Kempis speaks as Christ when he commands: “Follow me. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no Living”.  Both Moreau and Kempis affirm that the works and events of secular citizenship must be viewed through the lens of the resurrectional Cross of Christ. Responsible educators know that students travel two lanes as they work their way toward eternal happiness.  An authentic CSC education is imbued with Hope. Hope that enduring the travails of this life leads to the bliss of heavenly citizenship. Ave Crux Spes Unica!

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