"A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” (Saint Pope John Paul II)
Today our eighth graders and their chaperones travel to Washington D.C. for their most important Apostolic Project of the year. They will spend the week in D.C. and participate in activities across all four pillars of Integral Formation. They will grow intellectually as they visit several different museums and historic sites. They will be formed spiritually as they pray together throughout the trip, attend daily Mass and the March for Life Youth Rally, and participate in the Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Our students’ Human formation will grow as if in an incubator while they practice the virtues necessary to making a long journey to a strange place with a large group of people. Finally, our students will become better apostles for God as they bring His message of Truth, Love, and Life to the streets of our Capital during the annual March for Life, a peaceful demonstration to share the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.
Why do we at Royalmont Academy have eighth graders participate in such an event? For me, the bigger question would be, “Why wouldn’t we?” It is our mission at Royalmont to bring souls to Christ by forming Christian leaders. Christin leaders bring about positive change to their culture and to society. Our culture and society is crying out for change. While I am proud to be an American, I am sad to say that America is not yet a just country. How is it that we judge the justice of a nation? Do we look to how the nation treats the rich, powerful, and strong? No! “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” (Pope John Paul II)
Some may say, “They’re just eighth graders, what can they do about this problem with injustice in our society?” They can do precisely what they are doing this week. Pray, pray, and more prayer. They can march peacefully past the steps of the Capital to the steps of the Supreme Court. They can learn more about God’s love and mercy and about the need for change in our society while they immerse themselves in situations in which they can share the Good News of Jesus with others. Don’t underestimate the power of young people to bring about positive change to a society.
Please join me in praying for our eighth graders as they participate in a profound week of formation that will strengthen their foundation to become holy men and holy women of God.
Royalmont Academy Principal, Grades K-8