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Reading: From Christian Education by Bl. Basil Moreau
Insolent Young People
Teachers may have to deal with certain young people who border on insolence, who know no rule of politeness, and have no discretion or regard for anyone. They have a way of getting worked up over nothing, of being irritated at the slightest correction. When they become upset their faces flare up, their eyes move around like two hot coals, their bodies bristle up, and their whole being is agitated. These students so easily lose control of themselves that even the language of reason and kindness cannot make them recover at those times. Teachers should consider themselves fortunate if that is all they experience from such young people. Many of these students, heated up with anger, burst out with all kinds of insults, threats, and bad language and seem ready to go to any lengths in dealing with a teacher.
Meditation — Colleen Richards
The practical wisdom provided should be discussed between teachers and school leaders. Thinking through scenarios like these is an important part of teacher preparation, and it is important that teachers do this as a team. Consider how this advice is best applied; for example, a young man in his teens will often better receive correction from a respected male teacher. Their conversation can help the student recognize the wrong and learn how to apologize to the classroom teacher. This does not mean that the woman “can’t handle it”; rather, the young man will better learn how to be a man from a man. In general, correct in private, keeping in mind that the other students need some indication that justice has been served.
When a student behaves in an insolent way, do I respond in anger? Do I make the consistent effort to build positive relationships with students who need it most? What is flowing from the excess of my heart? Is it Christ’s truth and love?
Lord Jesus, many voices tell us how to “deal with” the young. Give us discernment and wisdom, so we may help our students fulfill their call to be the true sons and daughters of God. May we show them the life of the Blessed Trinity: giving in love, receiving in love, being a gift to others.
In every strong correction and consequence, may we bring forth every word and action from your eternal love. May they provide the foundation and structure upon which students can build their character.
(Please also offer one Mass and one Rosary some time this month for the intentions of the members of the Confraternity.)
Please pray for the needs of your fellow teachers:
For a family friend who was hurt in a bad skiing accident. – Elisabeth
For our school families and the safe reopening of our school. – Cyril
For all school leaders as they make the decisions and face the trials of this new school year. Lord, grant them wisdom and peace. – Amy
For the virtues of perseverance and studiousness as I begin graduate studies in philosophy of education. – Tomas
Lord Jesus, bless Annemarie, who is in the hospital, and her husband.
For inspiration, guidance, and blessings for a start-up school working with their home diocese–that the Lord will guide all parties to perfectly carry out his will.
The father of a student of one of our members has died, leaving behind a young family. We pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family, as well as for wisdom and peace for his teacher and the rest of the school community.
Please pray for Phil, a doctor from Denver, CO, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Phil is the father of 7 young children.
Please pray for the family of Matthew and Terrie Walz. Matthew is a professor at the University of Dallas, and a friend of the Institute. Terrie’s father has been diagnosed with brain tumor; the CoVid crisis has made getting treatment difficult and dangerous.
For the healing and containment of the Coronavirus disease and for all those who have been affected – physically, economically, and spiritually.
Please pray for Fr. John Belmonte, SJ, Superintendent in the Diocese of Joliat, Illinois, who will soon be undergoing surgery to repair a broken shoulder.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Suzanne Fessler, long-time principal at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, who oversaw the transition of the high school to a focus on the development of wisdom and virtue.
For Father Frank Brawner and his health, healing, and continued strength in his ministry. – Susan
For the healing of Shirley Balangue, mother of Cyril Cruz, Principal of Holy Innocents School in Long Beach, CA.
For the continued health and healing of Simon Vander Weele, son of Rosemary and Jon Vander Weele of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School in Denver, CO.
Pray for healing for Mr. K., Latin teacher at an ICLE member school. We ask for healing and relief from fluid buildup in the lung and cancer.
Please pray for a wonderful theology professor who is undergoing persecution for upholding Catholic teaching on sexuality. – Andrew
My wife’s conversion to Catholicism. – Adam
Increase in fertility, marriage, families; for grandparents; for a special spouse for a friend. – Rosemary
For the Holy Spirit’s increase in the hearts of all concerned with Catholic education in the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese, especially that He lead us into deeper prayer, greater intimacy with Him. – Leslie
Souls in Purgatory especially those who have no one to pray for them; those in the Bahamas and elsewhere affected by natural disasters. – Lisa
Please pray that I teach and love my students and teachers as would Christ the Teacher. – Joseph & Juliana
For a new teacher in 5th grade; for our Johnsburg Catholic school to become Classical Liberal Arts; for increase in marriage, fertility, families; for young adults’ conversion and love for Jesus and His Church. – Rosemary
Help making good choices about family issues. – Susan
That our parish school community would grow as an evangelizing community, proclaiming, encountering and responding to the kerygmatic proclamation of Jesus Christ. – Nathalie
That Catholic schools and parents be of one heart and one mind by creating their institutions and homes coherently, as “missionary outposts of the Universal Church” with one goal: that the truth of all things, beginning and ending in Jesus Christ, be known and loved through the details in everything. – Ruth
For teachers everywhere. – Chris