Thomas Griffin 8/5/22 (For SpiritualDirection.com)
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“For the confidence to relay the truth in love, Jesus grant teachers the grace to be wise.
For the ability to always be present to the student in front of them, Jesus grant teachers the grace to be in it.
For the capacity to deal with the chaos that a classroom can bring, Jesus grant teachers the grace to be patient.
For the knowledge that their work is critically important and valuable, Jesus grant teachers the grace to know it.
For the endurance to continue even when it appears that their efforts are meaningless, Jesus grant teachers the grace to persevere.
For the virtue of faith to be communicated through their words, Jesus grant teachers the grace to be disciples.
For the virtue of hope to be instilled in their students through their witness, Jesus grant teachers the grace to trust in You.
For the virtue of love to be experienced by their students, Jesus grant teachers the grace to communicate Your heart.
Jesus, teacher of all teachers, grant that all schools will be filled with Your presence and come to understand that all Truth is ultimately seated on your throne. May every student come to greater knowledge this year and come to see You as a real living person who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Thomas Griffin is the chairperson of the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island where he lives with his wife and son. He has a masters degree in theology and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Empty Tomb Project: The Magazine. He writes for several media outlets.
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