Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.
Dear parents and friends of St. Timothy's,
What is it that your children or grandchildren treasure? What is it that repeatedly draws their attention during the day? What is it that they dwell on or daydream about? What do they turn over again and again in their minds?
Jesus reminds us that our hearts, the guiding forces in our lives, will dwell on what we treasure (Matthew 6:21). This is both a truth and a warning. Although we cannot change a child's heart - this is the realm of God alone - we can give them opportunities to dwell on things that are good, true, and beautiful. We can give them a rich fare to chew over and savour, at least for a portion of the day.
This is why at St. Timothy's we have them recite and memorize scripture. This is why each day we pray together carefully selected prayers, which during their years at the school, each child will naturally memorize, turning them over again and again in their minds, focussing their hearts on the truths expressed so eloquently. This is why our students memorize beautiful poetry, both in English and French; not only to immerse them in the delicious language, but to inspire them to treasure what is lovely. (See Poetry and Prayer: How Memorisation Shapes the Soul for a fuller treatise on this topic.) This is why they are exposed to the rich, timeless stories, art and music, all of which point their souls heavenward.
We have fickle hearts (Hosea 10:2). In the words of St. Augustine of Hippo: "You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You."
Please pray with me that our students' fickle, restless hearts would find their rest, and discover their treasure, in Christ, the author of all that is True, Good, and Beautiful.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,