Monday, January 18, 2010

Fides et Sapientia

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, 1998)

These words capture our highest aspirations for our students at Pope John Paul II High School.  By coming to know truth in all of its beauty , students come to know God, and in so doing are inspired to become the people he created them to be.

Students are immersed in a rigorous liberal arts course of study, including 3 years of foreign language and fine arts. Tutorials are offered for students who need extra help, whereas those who demonstrate aptitude may take honors courses and AP courses for college credit. Our fine arts program affords students choices in choral and instrumental music, as well as the dramatic and visual arts. Students are encouraged to join a large variety of athletic teams, clubs and service organizations.

The lens through which our school's life is focused is our faith. Through the study of Scripture and Doctrine, students discover the ancient and universal truths that bring synthesis and meaning to their lives. Through Christian service to the less fortunate each year, they are inspired to love God through others. Through prayer, weekly liturgy and worship, they are invited into a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Faith and reason, John Paul II reminds us, are the “wings” upon which the human spirit rises.  May our students learn to soar!

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