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Saint Raphael School fosters a Catholic faith that gives meaning and direction to life, challenges and guides our students to pursue academic excellence, and instills within them a spirit of service to God and others. "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on F.I.R.E." -St. Catherine of Siena

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“Take an inventory of your life.”

Dear Saint Raphael Parents & Friends,

The priest said these words during his homily last Sunday: “Take an inventory of your life.” So, I thought about what this might mean. Does it mean counting the material things, like how may shoes I have in my closet? No, I think it challenges us to reflect on those things that help us become the person whom God meant for us to be and those things that get in the way of us becoming that person.

There are people in our lives who definitely help us be better. I think of my mom and her early morning routine of stopping to say a prayer in front of her crucifix in the living room and sitting to read a passage from her bible. Her day started with prayer, was filled with gratitude, and radiated love. The inventory of my life must include those people who point me in the direction of God and who teach me gratitude.

We must teach our children to take an inventory of the blessings in their lives, to reflect on moments of gratitude. At the same time, we must help them to see what pulls them away from God. The inventory of our lives must be truthful and shine light on the areas of our lives that need improvement. Maybe we spend too much time on our phones, in front of the TV, or even working, having convinced ourselves that it is necessary.

Progress reports went out last week and they intentionally came out right before parent-teacher conferences. This is the opportunity to talk about your child’s progress in school and to be part of a plan to move forward. The first trimester ends on November 17. There is time for improvement and time for hope. Take inventory of the times that you have truly encouraged your child.

Some of the teachers have had conferences early this week. As I sit in on some of these, I marvel at the depth of love and care that the teachers have for your children. They come to me to work on crafting plans for helping your children and adapting to different needs. We are truly blessed!

Lydia Collins, Principal

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