Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have almost completed one of the most divisive elections in our history. While I could write my thoughts for pages, I wanted to make this letter short and to the point.
I have been so lucky this year to be able to step back into the classroom for a short time and be a substitute for two AP US History classes. Walking into the class on the first day felt like home but I was more nervous than I have been in a long time. It has been six years since I have taught this subject and I told the faculty that this was a great way to be humbled very quickly! Teaching history again during COVID-19, social unrest, and an election year is not the easiest and I just pray that I can serve those students in the best way possible.
I am sure they will have questions about this election, and it is important to respectfully be able to discuss uncomfortable topics with them. I hope at, some point, to share something with them that I read. This was written by a young college student who is wise beyond her years.
My heart is shattered for the black boys shot in the streets. My heart is shattered for the baby that will be killed and torn out of the womb. My heart is shattered for the woman who feels like she has no way out and the woman who is alone and hurting after aborting a baby. My heart is shattered for the immigrant who is separated from their family.
My heart breaks for the injured war vet that can’t get a job because of his disability from serving our country. My heart is shattered for the single mom with five kids working three minimum wage jobs and living off of food stamps. My heart shatters for every person with a real cost in this election and my heart shatters for the deep divisions of God’s people.
I am certain that the true solution will not come through whichever man gets elected. The solution comes through the Church. So please do not view voting as your primary way of caring about justice.
Radically love the people that are put in front of you today. Share the Gospel with your actions and your words today. Bless others with whatever the Lord has given you. And beg the Lord to shatter your heart for what shatters His. May we all keep our compassion through these impossible times.
My prayer today is that every Ursuline girl knows to put her faith in the Lord above anyone and anything else.
Dean of Students