FrDennisNativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary School
1046 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

“Now they were even bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called the children to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it’” (Luke 18: 15-17).

Oftentimes it’s reckoned that we as parents, guardians, and grandparents…indeed, we as Nativity Cathedral Parish…do well to support Catholic education at Nativity Elementary School.  We pat ourselves on the back thinking that we’re giving our children the best of the best in developmental matters of intellect, morality, ethics, and physical & spiritual education.  And indeed we are.  We all know that providing a Catholic education is sacrificial.  Expending our hard earned funds on tuition usually means putting off getting those nice extra things with all the buttons and lights.  But perhaps there is a much richer approach, another angle of viewing our support of the children God has given and placed within lives.

Nativity-Cathedral-2013,-3To give our kids the presence of Jesus Christ, so well accomplished by Sr. Mary Jo Mike and the faculty of our school, is to live the preference of God himself.  There is much in our post-modern secular culture that wants to keep kids away from God.  We all know that the infinite holiness and mercy of Christ is not a high priority in our pop-rock-rap-texting culture.  Yet, graciously we counter the popular trends and instead do as the gospel:  “Jesus called the children to him…for to such belongs the kingdom of the Father.”

So yes, although we parents and priests and nuns and teachers think we are doing such a great thing in providing a Catholic education…perhaps it is our children who are actually teaching us!  They remind us of our original innocence, they show us fascination in discovery and they tell us, simply by who they are, that we are destined to a place in which all things will be provided in youth, joy, happiness and incredible beauty.

Thanks be to God the Father!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Dennis J. Carver