The Student Becomes the Teacher

One of my many duties at Most Blessed Trinity Parish is teaching an advanced English class on Wednesday nights to students learning this language.  It is one of the greatest privileges of my week to come together with these eager scholars and study.  I learn so much from them.  This past week we started a new semester.  I discovered in the course of the evening that some of these students work over an hour away and begin work at 5:30 a.m.  What an amazing commitment they are making to come to a night class in order to learn another language. 

For Dominicans, study is essential.  St. Dominic told us to not only strive to live the gospel, but to be constant students of the Word as well.  I am so inspired by these students.  This is the essence of ministry.  I may start out the evening at the front of the class, but I always end up the night seated with everyone else.  The student becomes the teacher and vice-versa.
And, you, where do you find inspiration these days?

Peggy Ryan, OP

Waukegan, IL                                   


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