“Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man’s most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings.” –The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, #19
There is great dignity in teaching. Our Lord himself is called “Teacher.” We sometimes regard it as an “ordinary” occupation; but there is much evidence to the contrary.
Saint Paul lists teaching among the gifts given to some Christians for the good of all. In fact, he ranks it as the third in priority among those gifts; right behind apostles and prophets and immediately prior to miracle workers! (see 1 Corinthians 12). The Church views teaching as an apostolate in service to the people of God, as more than an occupation, as a mission. Pope Francis names teachers and catechists among those persons who are privileged to be links in the “Chain of Witnesses” for many persons. By word and example, it is the responsibility and privilege of teachers to help lead others to the Truth.
Let us pray for all teachers, that they may be for their students a channel of what is True and Good and Beautiful!