June 25, 2007

Service (#15)

Sometimes we're too busy with the nuts and bolts of formal education to remember that volunteer work can have a huge impact on education and is even considered in the college application process.

A wealth of opportunities are available and children can be introduced while they are quite young by first serving others in their own family.

Pope Benedict had this to say about works of service:

I wish here to offer a special word of gratitude and appreciation to all those who take part in these activities... For young people, this widespread involvement constitutes a school of life which offers them a formation in solidarity and in readiness to offer others not simply material aid but their very selves. The anti-culture of death...is thus countered by unselfish love which shows itself to be a culture of life by the very willingness to "lose itself" for others. (Deus Caritas Est)

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