“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
Do you remember a time when you learned some of your most valuable lessons from children’s books? A time when you believed that all it took to have a world of good was for people like you to do good deeds? Sure your life was simpler then, and a lot has changed, but those messages are timeless.
To this day, every day, Catholic schools live by these lessons. In fact, inspiring our students to become active members of the community is a core part of our curriculum. Of course this doesn’t mean we neglect our duty to provide academic excellence (our test scores and graduation rates clearly prove that). Instead we combine teaching the core subjects with paying forward the love and mercy inherent in Catholic tradition.
Nowhere is this virtue more apparent than in Catholic school education. Just take a look at our student body. Our classrooms are filled with children from different cultural, socioeconomic, and faith backgrounds, all working together. Our schools uphold a safe and nurturing culture based on respect, and from an early age, our students take this morality out into the world. Every Catholic school community in the Archdiocese of Hartford participates in continuous service projects as varied as collections for food banks, activities honoring veterans, and projects supporting those suffering from natural disasters. At a Catholic school, that’s who we are and what we do for our fellow man.
Outside of the school walls, Catholic youth groups come together in the name of public spirit and community service. The Office of Religious Education and Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Hartford offers numerous organizations for all ages, including the Youth Ministry and Catholic Scouting. One can never be too young (or too old) to give back to society.
Equally important in creating a more humane world are the charity services provided by the Catholic Church in this Archdiocese. Our resources include everything from meeting basic needs to behavioral and mental health programs to employment assistance. We are here for the members of our community during the good times and the bad.
So think back to that time when you truly believed in how important it was to live by The Golden Rule: "Do for others whatever you would like them to do for you.” Because in the words of Pope Francis, “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”