By Nick McConnell
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
We owe everything to God, even our existence. Before we are even born, he forms each one of us in our mother’s womb. He loves each one of us so much we cannot even comprehend. He loves us so much that he sent his only son to suffer torment and die in a horrific way for us. He is so powerful that he raised his Son from the dead and he will come again at the end of time to judge all. He cares about you and has a special place for you in heaven. I can say that I have grown closer to him through my time at Saint Peter’s Catholic School.
At Saint Peter’s, I’ve learned many things that will help me in life: how to respect authority, how to be punctual, how to read and write, etc. I’ve found and developed a passion for singing and acting. I’ve developed a love for writing and poetry. I’ve learned so many things, but none of them match the importance of the things I’ve learned about God and the Church.
I remember in the fifth grade we were given a list of 92 questions that I had to learn before my confirmation. I took the list home and my mother and father quizzed me on it almost every evening. At first, I found it very annoying and irritating that I had to learn the answers. It wasn’t until soon before my confirmation that I understood that the questions told a story: God’s story. I saw that, rather than the answers to these questions being trivial, they were actually very important and pertinent to my life.
More than just giving me the tools I need to be successful in life, Saint Peter’s has taught me how to live my life. The teachers have been remarkable examples of good Americans, good people, and good Catholics. They have taught me respect, kindness, compassion, the value of honesty and countless other things. They’ve taught me how to grow and foster a relationship with Christ. The teachers at Saint Peters have been remarkable guides for me along the journey of life.
Even though I owe so many things to Saint Peters, I must also thank my parents. Newly canonized Saint Pope John Paul the second said in his 1994 Letter to Families, “Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children”. I find this to be very true, my parents have taught me so many things: from how to tie my shoes to giving me my faith, my parents have truly made me the person I am today. I love them very much and I am forever grateful.
St. Peter’s Catholic School is truly a wonderful place to grow up and learn about your faith. I am truly grateful I’ve had the privilege of learning here for the past nine years.