Providence, gratitude and self-giving at Catholic schools during the pandemic

For Catholic Schools Week, principals, teachers and parents wrote reflections about what local Catholic schools are doing to serve students and families during this time of pandemic.  This essay is by Matthew Newell, the chair of the Theology Department at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland.

Merely to discuss the pandemic is a challenge, as the reality is so much greater than any one person’s perspective. My experience as a theology teacher during the pandemic coalesces around three imperatives: providence, gratitude and self-gift.

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