Date of publication: 2017-07-09 05:03
So inspiring and encouraging to hear this from a fellow teacher. Knowing we 8767 re not alone in our thoughts and feelings about school, students, family and faith is so uplifting. Beautifully written.
This absolutely blessed me beyond belief! Well said! Took the words right out of my mouth. If we do Nothing else for our students, we Must pray for them. So have no children of my own (and I doubt this will change when I do) so each child that comes in my classroom is automatically Mine. Why? Because God in His infinite wisdom purposed for him/her to be in my classroom and for me to have an impact on them. I love what we do! And what is it that teachers do exactly? We Change The World one child at a time! Blessings to all and Prayers for a successful year!
Some students who weren 8767 t Christian may have looked past it or not even noticed. But for me, it constantly made me feel guilty. My experience with Christians and Christianity was really positive until I started realizing I was gay, when it turned really sour really fast. I saw Christianity as the reason I couldn 8767 t talk to my dad, why I had lost friends in a conservative town, and essentially the reason for everything 8775 bad 8776 that was going on in my life at the time. And my teacher was guilty of all that by association.
Your writing has touched my heart. I am completing my middle school ed degree this year. May I keep a copy of your thoughts for myself to read now and again? Thank you for loving Jesus and loving your students as he loves you.
Lovely post! My daughter attends a K-67 Christian school so they do pray and are expected to do so during school hours, but I love that you apparently are in the public system and show them Christ through example. That may be the very best way to do it anyway!
Gonzalo de Berceo’s Muse and the Archpriest of Hita’s angel must depart to give way to Jorge Manrique, wounded to death at the door of the castle of Belmonte. Gregorio Hernández’ Muse, and José de Mora’s angel must bow to the passage of de Mena’s duende weeping tears of blood, and Martínez Montañéz’ duende with the head of an Assyrian bull, just as the melancholic Muse of Catalonia, and the damp angel of Galicia, gaze in loving wonder at the duende of Castile, so far from their warm bread and gentle grazing cattle, with its norms of sweeping sky and dry sierra.
All the arts are capable of duende , but where it naturally creates most space, as in music, dance and spoken poetry, the living flesh is needed to interpret them, since they have forms that are born and die, perpetually, and raise their contours above the precise present.
The roads where one searches for God are known, whether by the barbaric way of the hermit or the subtle one of the mystic: with a tower, like St. Teresa, or by the three paths of St. John of the Cross. And though we may have to cry out, in Isaiah’s voice: Truly you are a hidden God,’ finally, in the end, God sends his primal thorns of fire to those who seek Him.
I am also a teacher and also believe that the children can see the love and caring of Christ in me. I always think that I might be the only Jesus that they see and I want them to see the light in me. Wishing you a wonderful year!
So, then, the duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: ‘The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning, it’s not a question of skill, but of a style that’s truly alive: meaning, it’s in the veins: meaning, it’s of the most ancient culture of immediate creation.
I spend more time with your sons and daughters during the week than my own. And while I love to teach, my heart breaks a little each time I hug my baby and say, “See ya later, alligator!”
I m not Christian, but I love Jesus and I 8767 m a teacher too. Every last one of your words resonated with me including the praying part. Thank you and my God bless and guide us all.