The Archbishop of Athens, Jerome, despatched a message to academics and college students all through the nation on the event of the start of the brand new tutorial yr. In his message to the academics, he emphasised that the Church will as soon as once more help their tireless efforts by supporting their academic actions. And the scholars are reminded that the college is a small workshop of peace for all of us and lists the principle values of the Greek society.
Listed here are his phrases to the academics within the nation:
On the edge of the brand new faculty yr, it’s customary to specific needs for achievement in your really helpful work.
Together with my honest needs on at the present time, I wish to share a thought with you. Apostle Philip, having met an Ethiopian nobleman who was studying concerning the Messiah, requested him: “Do you perceive what you might be studying?”. So I consider your battle and its difficulties to rework the straightforward reception of data right into a deep understanding of the gorgeous and stylish issues that the human mind has achieved by the grace of God! An actual achievement! It takes psychological energy, disposition, i.e. want of the guts, persistence, perseverance in trials, skill.
I’m certain that you just possess all of the above qualities and now you’ll provide them generously to your college students who wish to style the treasures of every self-discipline and uncover the true which means of their lives. On the similar time, you’ll hearken to their considerations with deep empathy and with infinite humanity you’ll ease their psychological burden, instilling in them hope and creating virtues. For that reason, I categorical not only a want, however confidence that the brand new faculty yr shall be a yr of creativity, studying and non secular usefulness.
Our church will as soon as once more help your continued efforts. Supporting you with prayer, but in addition providing quite a few academic packages, cultural occasions, faculty competitions, locations to go to which can be correctly constructed to boost your academic work.
In conclusion, I heartily categorical to you my fatherly concern and love in Christ as a companion in your admirable journey. Joyful and blessed faculty yr!”.
Handle to highschool college students:
At this time, initially of the brand new faculty yr, I wish to share a quantity with you: 258 million kids and youth world wide do not need the chance to go to high school and study in protected circumstances. The primary causes for this are battle, violence, racial discrimination, but in addition the dearth of sources of their nations to help the tutorial course of. The long run for these kids seems bleak. This can be very unsure what number of of them will be capable to reap the advantages of training. The one certain factor is that these youngsters would slightly be in your house proper now, having fun with peace and dreaming concerning the future.
Can we do one thing? The reply just isn’t easy, however we is not going to cease preventing. Everybody in their very own means. Let’s begin with our personal life. How a lot violence can we tolerate? How a lot can we struggle for peace? How a lot can we attempt to embrace distinction? The unhappy phenomena of home and college violence outline our duty and our efforts for a greater world – our world by which there is no such thing as a place for violence.
College is a spot the place we meet many individuals. From the diploma to which we will tolerate and settle for the distinction of our classmates and academics, from the diploma to which we will perceive them, begins peace or battle in our lives, love, not violence. It may be mentioned that the college is a small workshop of peace for all of us.
We’re blessed to dwell in a spot the place we will freely categorical our concepts and disagreements. There are establishments and values that defend us. That is what our ancestors fought for and that is what we’re preventing for at present.
So each time we take into consideration ‘one other day in school’, let’s say a bit of prayer: bear in mind all these kids who have been born in war-torn or troubled areas and are due to this fact unsure that they’ll be capable to go to high school each morning. And let our prayer turn out to be a deed. To turn out to be a battle for the acceptance of the opposite. A battle to seize the fantastic thing about the day. Battle for peace and kindness.
I want you a cheerful and blessed faculty yr. Could our Christ, Who is named the “Prince of Peace,” at all times fill your souls with His gentle.”
Addressing younger major faculty college students:
At this time you might be all completely satisfied as you begin the brand new faculty yr and meet once more within the faculty yard with your folks, classmates and academics.
Together with the enjoyment, you may additionally really feel some anxiousness about whether or not it is possible for you to to deal with the higher class you’ll be attending. Know that every one of us, younger and previous, really feel the identical means each time we have now to take care of one thing new.
Subsequently, simply as a short while in the past you tried to really feel the freshness of a drop of holy water and it made you cheerful, in order usually as potential search the assistance of our Christ, who’s the good Pal of kids and Father of us all, in order that he might pleasure and smiles to embellish your life.
I bless you and I’ll pray day-after-day that you just obtain every little thing that’s to your good. I want energy and success to our good academics and to your dad and mom. Joyful and blessed faculty yr!”.