Living the Social Justice teachings

by Emilia Castelletti, SND on July 8, 2014

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Sometimes teachers wonder if the Social Justice principles are really making an impact in their young students’ lives.  Beautiful words and lesson plans have their merit, but of course the true test comes in living the teachings.

This past year at NDCL an event happened that will warm every reader’s heart upon hearing it.  At lunch, one of the students spilled something on his pants.  He went to the office to see if there was a spare pair he could borrow, but none of the pants fit him.  Dismayed, he washed out the stain as best he could, but of course that left a large spot in an embarrassing place.  When he got to his theology class, he told his teacher what had happened and the only thing she could think of was for him to take off his sweater and tie it around his waist, covering the offensive spot.  He complained that he would look stupid and everyone would laugh at him.  Without batting an eye, one of the students got up, took off her sweater and tied it around her waist; then several others got up and did the same.  Amazing – lesson learned

Sister Emilia  Castelletti, SND is a theology teacher at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, OH.  

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mary james July 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Brought tears to my eyes–truly! Doesn’t just happen in the movies, but
in real time and real life NOW. And in a ND school. Thanx to you and all
the teachers and staff at NDCL–doing a wonderful work.


Lisa Novak July 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

The great power of suggestion and doing the right thing! Thank you for the story, Emmy!


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