ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT’S WEEKLY COLUMN:
February 2 each year marks the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, based on the Gospel of Luke 2:22-40. Formerly known as the “Feast of the Purification of Mary,” the day commemorates the Holy Family’s visit to the Temple in Jerusalem for Mary’s ritual purification 40 days after childbirth, and the presentation of Jesus as a first born son according to the Torah.
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The Gospel passage has a special place in Catholic hearts. In my own (boomer) generation, mothers often brought their newborns to church privately, placed them on the steps of the altar, and asked for God’s protection for their infant daughters and sons. And over the years I’ve been surprised by the many faithful Catholic men and women I meet — leaders of character and skill in the Church and in the general public – who speak of that same, simple act of piety in their own lives by a mother or father. Every human soul is made for heaven, and the greatest act of love parents can give their newborn, beyond Baptism itself, is dedicating their child to God’s service and grace.
I mention this for three reasons.
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First, this week is Catholic Schools Week. It’s a time for all of us to take pride in the superb education offered by Catholic parish and secondary schools across our archdiocese. The model for the American parish school began in Philadelphia, and today our schools continue to model the best in Catholic education — i.e., a formation in academic and moral excellence for the mind and for the soul.
The key to that excellence is the dedication of the thousands of our teachers, staffers, administrators, volunteers, and parents who offer their service at great sacrifice to themselves out of love for the young people in their care. They...
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