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Embrace wisdom, invoke compassion

June 19, 2015
John McCord
San Francisco

Between me and my three siblings we have 32 years with the Sisters of the Holy Name at St. Mark’s School; we have six with the Jesuits at Loyola High School. We have six years with the Franciscans at St Anthony’s Seminary; two with the Sisters of Notre Dame and another two with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. We have six more with the Jesuits at Loyola Marymount University.

I can’t keep up with the years my nephews and nieces attended Eastside Catholic, Seton Hall, and Boston College but I can celebrate the sacrifice sending our son to four years at Georgetown University with another bunch of Jesuits!

If this Catholic Church with its respected and accomplished history in education hopes to survive into the 22nd century, should we stop teaching our children to question authority or challenge their minds or explore their spiritual curiosity? Of course not! Embrace wisdom, invoke compassion. Encourage yourselves to find ways to adapt your teachings. The education you have given us has made blind acquiescence to fractured truths impossible and the heat is felt almost daily. A gracious path of collaboration and respect shall keep you relevant in all you do. 

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