Roncalli Class of 2015
To me, a Catholic education is a co-existence between religion and learning under the same roof. Traditionally, the two have always been taught as two separate entities: church is for God, the classroom is for learning.
Students are typically scolded for talking about God at public schools, but here at Roncalli we are encouraged to. A Catholic school offers the unique opportunity to find God’s hand at work in the real world. We learn about our faith to help us discover what we truly believe in, not what our parents have told us to believe in. A Catholic education is a way to discover, mature and revel in our faith, and we all experience it together. We share in our journeys, our struggles and our joys. We are “family,” and we learn to love.
Furthermore, when we incorporate our faith into our education, we begin to see a whole new perspective of what we are learning. As Isaac Newton said, “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.” Whether we realize it or not, God exists in every part of this world.
He lives in a simple smile the same way he does in the endless night sky. We grow in our faith by seeking God in everything we do. He is our purpose and our goal. We strive to be like him on the sports field, in the classroom and in service. It is a way to bring God into our daily lives because religion is not a one-hour obligation every Sunday. It is a life calling.
Twenty years from now, we may never remember any trigonometric identity or the plot line of von Goethe’s “Faust,” but what we will take with us are the life lessons learned at Roncalli.