Teach & Serve No. 5 – “Jesus Sent Them Two-by-Two; It’s about Relationship”

Teach & Serve 

No. 5 * September 1, 2015


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Jesus Sent Them Two-by-Two; It’s about Relationship

We are not in this alone… though sometimes it may feel that way. We have colleagues, co-workers and collaborators. All we need to do is reach out to them.

I’ve been in Catholic Education my entire professional life. Though my college studies took me to public schools for practicums and studies, upon graduation, I gravitated towards the Catholic system pretty quickly and have spent a quarter century within it.

I began as a teacher at Bishop McNamara High School in a suburb of Washington, DC, working there for 2 wonderful years before moving to Regis Jesuit High School in a suburb of Denver, Colorado where I spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator. Following that, I joined the Jesuit Schools Network as an Associate Executive Director to vision for give support to the growing network of Jesuit schools in the United States and Canada. I often suggest to people that I drank the Catholic school Kool Aid, and that is true. Though I celebrate and respect, admire and, in many ways, hope to emulate what goes on in public schools, I have found Catholic schools my professional home and have been lucky to feel that way.

What I’ve rarely stopped to do is to consider the why. Why do I feel so at home? Is it simple comfort? This is where I began my career, it’s where I am likely to end it and the comfort level is so high that I’d never want to leave.

Possibly. Likely, perhaps.

SentBut I do think there is more to it than that. What I have found over my career is a resonance with the story of Jesus sending out his apostles. We know this one: “He called the twelve and began to send them out, two-by-two.” I’ve always liked this idea – that Jesus didn’t send the twelve out alone, that he sent them out in pairs, as teams.

The twelve were going to hit the road, Jack, and they were going to do hard things – drive out evil spirits, preach the Word, spread the news – but they weren’t going to do it alone. Jesus knew that they would need someone near them who understood, someone by them who was walking the same paths they were walking, who was willing to walk that same path.

Jesus understood that it’s about relationship.

I’ve found the concept of relationship at the core of my experience working in Catholic schools. Often, teachers and administrators find in one another companionship and support, comfort and fellowship as they go about their work. Teaching can be a very lonely profession if it’s allowed to be; administration even more so.  Walking with someone else, as it were, is a very good practice. It’s one about which we should be intentional.

Further, we must understand that our other companions are the students in front of us and the families supporting them from home. Though these connections are not always as readily apparent, they are equally important.

I can’t see doing the jobs we do without paying clear attention to relationship, without attending, consciously, to relationship. In my opinion, relationship is that key to what we do.

Perhaps this feeling explains much about why I’ve been working in Jesuit schools as long as I have. Clearly St. Ignatius and his early Companions understood the importance of relationship.

Certainly the relationships forged in public schools are just as strong and just as important as those I have valued in my career. Of that I have no doubt. I do, however, love the fact that, in my professional experience, I can call it what I believe it to be: an emulation of Christ’s work with his disciples, a following of the model of St. Ignatius and his Companions, an understanding that wherever two or more go in the name of Jesus, God is there.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 108 DAYS

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Counting down the 108 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

FORCE FRIDAY IS STILL COMING…

How did I not get this cool countdown calendar? I am despondent! Ebay, here I come!

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The Denver Broncos 2015 – Predicting The Games WEEK FOUR – Minnesota AT Denver


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Week Three – The Minnesota Vikings at the Denver Broncos 

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A month into the season, the Broncos will be entirely on track. The defense will take Adrian Peterson out of the game and make Teddy Bridgewater win it. That might play in Minnesota, but not in Denver. And, if the Vikings cannot control the ball on offense, they will leave their defense exposed… that doesn’t bode well for them.

The Broncos will improve to 2 – 0 against the NFC Central in a fairly easy contest.

 PREDICTION – Denver Broncos 30 Minnesota Vikings 17

PREDICTED RECORD TO DATE: 3 -1

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EduQuote of the Week – August 31 – September 7, 2015

door quotesBetter than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – Japanese Proverb.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 109 DAYS

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Counting down the 109 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

FRIDAY IS COMING…

With Force Friday on the horizon in a few days, I’ve started to make a few changes around the house to get ready, like digging up my vintage Star Wars figures and getting them on display!Action Figures

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The Denver Broncos 2015 – Predicting The Games WEEK THREE – Denver AT Detroit


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Week Three – The Denver Broncos at the Detroit Lions

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I fully expect the Denver Broncos to bounce back from a loss to the Chiefs Week Two with a win at the Lions in Week Three. I am not a Lions believer, I think they’ve lost an awful lot of defense, I think their offense can be good, but has proven to be inconsistent and I think Denver’s defense, by Week Three, will be a total monster.

I also think that the offense will have nicely rounded into form and the Lions will have a tough time with a balanced attack from a Denver team that has figured out how the Kubiak/Manning offense is going to work.

 PREDICTION – Denver Broncos 33 Detroit Lions 21

PREDICTED RECORD TO DATE: 2 -1

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 110 DAYS

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Counting down the 110 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

THE EMPIRE AWAKENS…

I can’t believe it took so long for this to happen!

Have you wondered what a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back done in the style of the teaser for The Force Awakens would look like? Well wonder no more!

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