Mary and the Saints
Mary and the saints as models which the Catholic school offers to its students
Mary as the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church occupies a central role in the faith and life of Catholics. Mary’s trusting response to God's invitation to be the mother of Jesus can serve as an inspiration for all Christians. She invited God’s will to be done, welcoming all the blessings and challenges that would accompany it. Her whole-hearted acceptance of God’s plan for her life would later be reflected by Christ, as he knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying to his Heavenly Father, “not my will but yours be done.” Many of our schools are named after titles of Mary e.g. Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady Help of Christians
The place of Mary in Catholic belief, however, is often misunderstood.
"Catholics do not worship her, nor do they assign to her any power which belongs to God alone. But from the beginning of the Church, Catholics have looked on her as their spiritual mother because of the great things God has done through her....
The saints, like Mary, are models for us and students in our schools.
Fr Michael Guinan in 'Saints: Holy and human' explains that "Saints are not perfect, but they show us that a wholehearted Christian life is possible." They show us that
"It is possible to love God above all things and to center one's