Welcome home to our over four hundred (400) Parish Religious Education Students and their families! I am grateful to Mrs. Agnes Bross and Mrs. Mary Wurtz for envisioning a new academic year of grace. I thank all the catechists who again will share with these young men and women their own faith journey.
To our young men and women, I offer the following collection of actual excuses for missing school that were turned in by students and reported in Seventeen magazine:
My son is under a doctor’s care and could not take P.E. yesterday. Please execute him.
Please excuse Cynthia for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.
Please excuse Tom for being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33.
Please excuse Danny for being. It was his father’s fault.
Richard had an acre in his side.
Please excuse Timothy for being absent last week. He could not talk because of Larry and Gitus.
Please excuse Nancy for staying home. The doctor said that her lungs are too full to be outside.
Please excuse Robert for being absent. He had a cold and could not breed well.
For those who may lean on excuses, I offer the following story:
Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, is the only athlete to have hit a Major League home run and scored an NFL touchdown in the same week. Sanders grew up on the streets of Fort Myers, Fla., where exposure to some would – be athletes spurred him to make a success of himself. He explains: “I call them Idas. ‘If I’da done this, I’d be making three million today…If I’da practiced a little harder, I’d be a superstar.’ They were as fast as me when they were kids, but instead of working for their dreams they chose drugs and a life of street corners. When I was young, I had practice; my friends who didn’t went straight to the streets and never left.”
Perhaps the best lesson for us all this year is to embrace the opportunities given to us by God each day so that we never stand before Him regretfully with our own ‘Idas’.