Hello my young friends,
Welcome back to school! Not exactly the “back to school” you may have anticipated, but congratulations as you get started!
Whether you attend public or private schools in the diocese, please know I am praying for you. This is an exciting and challenging time in our world and I want you to know I continue to pray for you, and I encourage you to pray, too. It’s important to pray every day. Take five minutes at the start or end of your day to talk to Jesus, tell him your needs, how you love him, and then listen to him as he talks to you. Add a little time every couple weeks and by 2021, set a goal of 15 minutes every day. Prayer is so powerful!
I also want you to know I believe God has a special calling for you! I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s unique to each of you and super important to the world. I know this because God thought you were tough enough and smart enough to live at just this time. If you can make it through this, you can do anything you put your heart and mind to as you follow God’s plan for your life.
We can’t control everything around us and we know this now more than ever. Just remember, with the Holy Spirit’s help, you can meet these new routines and schedules with courage and a degree of toughness. I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see what God has in store for you in the future.
Remember, YOU ARE NEVER ALONE. No matter what happens in school, at home, in our nation or world – God is ALWAYS WITH YOU. ALWAYS! If you ever feel alone just say his name: Jesus.
As the next couple of weeks and months go by, don’t forget to ask your teachers, mom, or dad if you need help with anything. We all need help sometimes, even Bishop Ricken.
As the school year begins, may God watch over you, your family, your school friends and teachers. Welcome back to school!