Thy Kingdom Come!
Dear Friends, in Christ,
“Be slow to pass judgment.” St. John Bosco
During my internship in Washington, DC as a seminarian, I had the privilege of teaching a ccd class of 8th graders. On the first day of class, I heard a roar coming from my classroom as I walked in; one of the boys was swinging from beam to beam on the ceiling and the class was cheering his progress. This boy jumped down when he saw me, sauntered up to me and laughingly shook my hand. So, although my first impression was not the best, I did spend extra time with this boy and tried to be patient….especially when I later realized that he came from a very dysfunctional family with real abuse issues. He thanked me at the end of the year with sincere gratitude, more than any student in that class, and I learned never to put anybody in a box based on first impressions!