Starting School with the Saints

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My oldest is starting kindergarten this year. As you can imagine, there are a lot of big feelings in our house right now. 

Her: excited, nervous, and a little annoyed about the uniform she has to wear. 

Me: excited, nervous, and a little worried about how this big change will affect our whole family.

As I wash and dry uniforms, label school supplies, and think about how I can navigate this sometimes stormy sea, I’m reminded of the words of St. Padre Pio: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” 

At the beginning of this new chapter in our family’s life, some of those words are certainly easier said than done. At the same time, they provide good advice for what can be done as we step into the unknown together. 

And as we embark on this exciting journey as a family, I’m feeling hopeful for the ways that a new school year will bring us closer to one another and to the Lord. 

To learn a little more about St. Padre Pio, whose feast day we celebrate on September 23, and to find inspiration for inviting the Lord into the beginning of your school year, check out the Good New For Families video and activity guide from September 2022, found in the Premium Hub in Shared Experiences.


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Written by Catherine Sullivan

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