Teaching for Nonconformity

Last Sunday (8/31), the second reading at Mass was from Romans 12, where in verse 2 Paul writes: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will."

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I found this verse to speak to me as I’ve returned to the resurgence of emails, phone calls, and conversations that accompany the start of the academic year.

The compulsions of the world are powerful. The desire to conform can overwhelm. And it's not simply students who are vulnerable. The world tempts all of us, teachers and administrators alike. We're tempted to forget or dilute the radical nature of our call.  

Inspired by St. Paul, I find myself ready for a renewing of my own mind and a re-orientation to my supernatural end.  

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