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January 10, 2020


Dear Families,


Happy New Year! I hope that all of you enjoyed a Blessed Christmas break filled with joy and rejuvenation. I sat with a young boy today and listened to his excitement when he explained in great detail all of the wonderful gifts he received for Christmas. It kindled inside of me the great joy that the season brings to our youth, and reminded me the importance of childlike Faith. With a new year come resolutions. I’ve learned to not look at it so much as resolutions, but as a chance for new wisdom entering a new year. It’s an opportunity to garner the good and the bad, and use it to improve.


On that note, my own plan of improvement for 2020 is to live and pray a prayer that is dear to my heart. It comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and he titled it the “Prayer for Generosity.”


Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.

Amen


I hold this prayer dear because it speaks the eternal goal of life, even though it is never quite attainable in our human selves. The new year brings hope in the desire to reach such a goal. And it is in the “desire to desire,” that we attain grace through our Lord. Such humble assertiveness is the foundation of Catholic School teaching. To instill in our youth the importance of desiring to be such a person that lives their life out of service to others without reward. Except to know that they are doing the will of God. It’s a difficult lesson to teach, but it is crucial to our mission at Butte Central.


It is in this new year that I hope that we can all share such an attitude. To seek the greater good, knowing that there may not be reward, except through our Lord. Know that it is my attitude towards the youth at Butte Central, and in all of the decisions I am a part of in this new year.


God Bless,


Paul