By Fr. Damien Giap     12/7/2021

Our God doesn’t make mistakes. He makes each of us exactly the way he wants us to be.

You formed my inmost being; you knit
me in my mother’s womb. I praise you
because I am wonderfully made; wonderful
are your works!

And when He creates us, He gives us our many gifts and talents that make us each uniquely who we are.

At St. John the Baptist Catholic School, we take this very seriously. It’s a top priority to help our students discover their special talents and begin to cultivate and nurture them. Identifying these unique qualities help our young people to plan for their future while they discover God’s plan for them. God has created each of us for a unique purpose and the goal of our faith journey is to discover that purpose and to fulfill it to the best of our ability.

During the week of Nov. 15, 40 of SJB’s 5th- through 8th-grade students delivered five performances of “Wicked Is As Wicked Does,” a fractured fairytale comedy-play about the good that exists in all of us. These passionate actors and actresses performed for peers, family and friends and were rewarded with smiles, laughter, cheers and applause. The experience was affirming for each of them and helped each child begin to see how their abilities guide them toward God’s future plan for their life.

Even in our performing arts program, our students are grounded in prayer so their experiences are opportunities for guidance in faith. We want our students to embrace the dreams that God has placed on their hearts and to know that he will help them to achieve it if it glorifies His name. And finally, it is always easier to follow God’s plan and honor Him with our actions when we are immersed in an environment that encourages us to walk the path He has given us.

If God has placed a desire on our children’s hearts, St. John’s wants to help each of those children to grow in their gifts and talents so they can become the image and likeness of Him that they were
destined to be. We want them to find who they truly are but, most importantly, we want them to glorify their God with everything that makes them who they are so in each of them He will be well pleased.