In an issue of Guideposts, Ronald Pinkerton describes a situation, while hang gliding that nearly meant his demise. As he was descending, a powerful blast of air hit his hang glider, sending him down toward the ground. Later, writing about this incident Ronald would recall, "I was falling at an alarming rate. Trapped in an airborne riptide, I was going to crash! Then I saw him, a red-tailed hawk. He was about six feet off my right wingtip, fighting the same gust I was...suddenly he banked and flew straight downward. If the right air is anywhere, it's upwind! The hawk was committing suicide....From nowhere the thought entered my mind, Follow the hawk. It went against everything I knew about flying. But now all my knowledge was useless. I followed....Suddenly the hawk gained altitude. Then a warm surge of air started pushing the glider upward. I was stunned. Nothing I knew as a pilot could explain this phenomenon. But it was true, I was rising."
As most school age children head back to the classroom this week, this is met with mixed emotions on their part, on the part of their teachers and even their parents. But one thing is for certain, it is only those who are truly wise who are willing to admit they don't know everything. At times in our lives we need to look around for the wisdom and guidance of others. This may be found in our parents, teachers, mentors or fellow-workers, but it can always be found in God.
Let us keep in our prayers those students and teachers returning to the classrooms this week or next week or who have been in session already, and pray for them that during this coming school year they will grow both in a love and knowledge of God.
On a similar note regarding the grounds of the parish where children play. The playground equipment there has been purchased by the parish to be used by all as a gesture of goodwill and in the hopes that all will feel free to use the equipment for the entertainment of the neighborhood and school children. The toys in the toy chest are those belonging to International Schoolhouse. Can I ask those who make use of the toys from the toy chest return those same toys to the toy chest after they are finished using them. By doing so we all are showing good stewardship with the property of others. And besides, it's just being neighborly.
As we begin this new school year let us remember, "All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed.
Monsignor William McCumber