“All the world works for the little girl Hope.” - Charles Peguy, The Portal of the Mystery of Hope
Reflections on Catholic Education
As a child, a young person, and as a young teacher, I have been profoundly influenced by St. John Paul the Great’s exhortation to the youth of the world: “Remember, Christ is calling you; the Church needs you; the Pope believes in you and he expects great things of you!” John Paul the Great’s tireless trust in my generation has inspired me to be a hopeful witness to truth, beauty, and goodness for my students. In a world saturated with cynicism and indifference, I believe that it is crucial to awaken our children to the reason for our joy: Jesus Christ, who makes all things new (cf. Rev. 21:5), and to help them fall in love with the world He has created. In this sense, what the poet Peguy said is true: the world turns on the hopefulness of the childlike, and we teachers have the great grace of relearning this in our own lives as we instill it in the young people entrusted to our care. - Ms. Hurd
Miss Erin Hurd is a native of northeast Connecticut and graduated from Franciscan University with a B.A. in English Writing in 2008. After two beautiful years teaching ESL at the Language and Catechetical Institute in Austria, she returned to the States to earn her M.T.S. in Theology of Marriage and the Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in D.C. Since then,she has taught at high schools in Virginia, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She already feels at home at Mount Royal Academy, and is thrilled to be joining the MRA community!