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Catholic Education Week Sub-Themes

The sub-themes for this year's Catholic Education Week are:

  • Monday: Preparing the Earth
  • Tuesday: Sowing Seeds of Gratitude
  • Wednesday: Cultivating Relationships
  • Thursday: Harvesting New Fruit
  • Friday: Marvelling in Wonder

Monday: Preparing the Earth / Préparer la terre

Preparing the soil for planting involves finding remnants of what has happened to the land before. In the same way, we look back to what has been learned and what has been lost during the past very unusual year that we have all shared. Part of that may have even been a return to the practice of gardening. The garden reminds us of the original garden, the many creation stories told by different communities, and the blessings of the earth that is our common home.

“Sir, let this fig tree alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put more manure around it.” (Luke 13:8)

«Maître, laisse ce figuier encore cette année, le temps que je bêche antour pour y mettre du fumier.» (Luc 13,8)

Tuesday: Sowing Seeds of Gratitude / Semer la gratitude

We can’t help but remember and be thankful for the healthcare providers, the essential workers, and the volunteers whose sacrifices contributed to the common good during our time of separation from each other. They are like the “Three Sisters” – maize, beans and squash – which were planted together in the gardens of Indigenous people and whose plants supported and enriched one another as they grew.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
«Rendez grâce au Seigneur: il est bon, éternal est son amour!» (Psaume 136,1)

Wednesday: Cultivating Relationships / Cultiver nos relations

One of the central themes of Laudato Si’ is the interdependence of all creatures, and COVID-19 has made clear how deeply we are all interconnected. The experience of staying at home for months, impacted our relationships with our families, friends, schoolmates, and nature, some of which were strengthened, and some of which suffered from the time apart. How have we or can we restore these relationships?

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)

«Ce que vous voulez que les autres fassent pour vous, faites-le aussi pour eux.» (Luc 6,31)

Thursday: Harvesting New Fruit / Récolter de nouveaux fruits

The experience of the last year has helped us realize that things will never again be like they were before. But that may not be a bad thing, because the earth was in need of healing. Perhaps this pandemic can be part of an ecological conversion – a harvest of change – that will lead us to ask what it will be like for our descendants, seven generations from now. How can we help to bring about new fruit of sustainability, justice, and fairer economic structures?

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19a)

«Voici que je fais une chose nouvelle; elle germe déjà, ne la voyez vous pas?» (Isaïe 43,19a)

Friday: Marvelling in Wonder / S’émerveiller

When creation was completed, God saw that it was good, and rested. That Sabbath was not just recovery from all the work that God has done, but time for God to take pure delight in its goodness. We too, are invited to be silent and contemplate the beauty of the created order; to stand in reverence before the awesome gift that is our common home.

“Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe.” (Luke 5:26)

«Tous furent saisis de stupeur et ils rendaient gloire à Dieu, remplis de crainte.» (Luc 5,26)