Brothers and Sisters, 

Many of us might be dragging our feet with sadness at the unofficial end of Summer, but it is so exciting to have the school year in session.  The Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the many patrons of students as one of her many titles is the “seat of wisdom.”

Speaking of saints, I would like to add another patron to our list of holy helpers for our students this year.  Today, 05 September, is not only the first day of school for many students this year, it is (every year) the Feast of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  She was a nun who founded a new religious order.  She received both a Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work for helping the poor, the sick, and the outcast.  All of her work was strengthened and inspired by Christ on the Cross saying “I thirst.”  Her own strength came from daily Mass and frequent confession.  Her commitment to the poor was a result of her commitment to Christ.  She is an inspiration to us all – a modern and recent saint who shows us how to be modern saints as well.

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.