Tomorrow, interested viewers from around the globe will be tuned in to the final game of our "claim to fame" in Williamsport as the new Little League champions of the world will be crowned. For many of the participants and their families, memories of this year's Series will be cherished for a lifetime.
As our overnight temperature dropped to the mid 40s last week, we suddenly were made aware that the summer of 2013 was in the "home stretch." The beautiful greens of the Bald Eagle Mountain in South Williamsport will soon be aglow with reds, oranges and yellows.
This being said, we brace ourselves for the "first day of school" or for recent graduates "off to college." We all have countless memories, thoughts and experiences from our years of education.
As another September rolls around, let us pray that the hopes and dreams of students at all levels are realized. Perhaps it's good to be aware that every time you come to the plate of life experiences, you will not hit a home run. And sometimes the easy fly ball to right field may unexpectedly be dropped. There will be joys, struggles, disappointments and unexpected moments of absolute exhilaration beyond anything that you have dreamed of.
As students leave for college, I recall words and advice of a pastor at a Baccalaureate service, he said, "Don't pray that you will get a good roommate; be a good roommate." "Don't pray that you will get a great professor; rather, pray that you will be a good and worthy student."
Mahatma Gandhi told us, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
As a community we all value the importance of education. "Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it," said Marian Wright Edelman.
Yes, today we pray for and encourage every student from pre-school to last year of college and beyond. Let us be grateful for all those involved in our education system. We think of the superintendents, principals, teachers, coaches and so many support staff at all levels that help to keep the ball in play in this sphere of education for the betterment of our world.
Have a great year, students and staff. You have our prayers and support. It is going to be a great year!
- Foran is the director of religious education at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Williamsport.