Catholic Education – Professional Skills and The Holy Spirit

Jonathan Doyle

November 14, 2019

In today’s episode I share a great quote that reminds of the need to find  balance between professional skills, programs and initiatives and dependence upon the Holy Spirit. In recent decades there has been a strong focus on ‘professionalising’ Catholic education. This has an important place but we also need to always remind ourselves of the need to keep the Holy Spirit at the centre of it all.

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Balancing Human Skills And Divine Providence

Well, hey everybody, Jonathan Doyle with you once again for The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast. Welcome aboard. If you’re a new listener, great to have you with us. If you’re listening regularly, thank you so much for the privilege of your time. I hope you listen maybe in the car on the way to work, just having that time each day to get a little bit of encouragement. I always like how the Holy Spirit is often referred to as the encourager, the one that encourages us, that gives us strength to keep going when we’re tired. I want to partner with the Holy Spirit and just encourage you.

Listen, couple of quick things. First, for my American listeners, please have a think about joining me. I want you to come to a very intimate event. It’s just me and 10,000 friends in Baltimore in April. I’m going to be doing the keynote for the second time at the NCA convention. I’ll be talking about this for the next few weeks, but I really want you to think about coming. All right. It is an amazing event. 10,000 Catholic teachers. For my Australian listeners or British listeners or ever else you are in the world, I’d love you to have a think about getting sponsorship and coming along. It is a very special event. To find out more, just go to NCEA.org. Really simple. NCEA.org.

I’m praying now for inspiration and guidance about what message the Holy Spirit wants to bring. Notice I said not what message I want to bring. My job as a speaker is to really try and let the Holy Spirit show up and get it out of the way. I think that’s one of the most important things about all our vocations is that we want the Holy Spirit to move through us because today the readings for daily mass from the Book of Wisdom, and it’s talking all about wisdom. It refers to wisdom as a pure emanation of God, a pure emanation of God. We need wisdom, don’t we? In our schools, in our decision making, in our leadership and our planning, we need wisdom. Keep trying to tell people like, human wisdom we can do reasonable stuff, but imagine what we can do through that incredible grace of the Holy Spirit.

Now listen, I want to share something with you. This is a really cool quote from John F. MacArthur Jr. I really like this. Listen to this quote. “When programs, methods and money produce impressive results, there is an inclination to confuse human success with divine blessing.” Now listen to this next part. “Christians can actually behave like practical humanists living as if God were not necessary. When that happens, passionate longing for God and yearning for his help will be missing along with his empowerment.”

I think there’s a lot in that, isn’t there? It’s basically saying that sometimes when we have a fancy program or a new system, when we get a bit of success, we start to think that it’s these human systems that are really creating all the results and I want to keep saying there’s a place for that. You see, there’s a place for us to be very professional in Catholic education. There really is. We should be highly professional. We should value our skills and develop them and go to courses and keep learning and growing. We should be so proud of that, but bigger and before all of that is the fact that we’re dependent, that it’s the presence of God that really needs to animate a great Catholic school.

I want you to trust me. I’ve been traveling the world now speaking to hundreds of thousands of Catholic teachers for almost two decades, and the greatest schools I see are simply schools that build beautiful Catholic communities. Simply how? By the majority of the staff pressing into God and becoming saints, seriously. Because once the Holy Spirit moves through a group of people, amazing things happen. Go back to Acts The Apostles second chapter. What do we see there? We see the Holy Spirit fall on a bunch of not very spectacular people and the world changes.

We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We just got to look at the Book of Acts and go, okay, here are these people. They had some very basic skills. The next thing we know, they’re out there doing amazing stuff because the Spirit’s moving through them. Let’s get this balance right in Catholic education, the balance between professional skills and the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through us because we don’t want to end up thinking that we’re creating these results. We are to a degree, but only to the degree that we’re really partnering with what God’s trying to do.

All right. That’s it for me today. Let’s press in. Let’s pray. Let’s seek the things of God. Let’s spend time with him each day and allow him to shape us into the teachers that he wants us to be. All right. Housekeeping, pull out your phone. If you’re on Instagram, come and say hi. Find me on jonathandoyle47. Twitter @beingcatholic1 . Okay. Do a search for Jonathan Doyle on Twitter, but come and say hi on Twitter. Send me a DM. Let me know where you are or what topics you’re interested in, and of course, make sure you’ve subscribed to the daily email. Every single day I do a little motivational email. Okay. A little motivational email that just has some great stuff for Catholic teachers and you can find that just by sending me an email to daily@beingcatholic.com.au. Send me an email daily@beingcatholic.com.au and I’ll get you on that list.

The Facebook group, Passionate Catholic Teachers.. Come and find us. Passionate Catholic Teachers on Facebook.. Everything else, friends, it’s all there on the website BeingCatholic.com.au including how to book me to speak, how to find out about the going deeper programs. So much good stuff there. All right. That’s it for me today.

I’m going to pray for you. Father, thank you for every teacher listening right now. Thank you for the yes, thank you that they said yes. Thank you that you’re going to do more through them than they ever thought was possible. I want to pray for them, Father, that you’re going to give them the grace to open to the Holy Spirit more and more that they’re going to start each day with a prayer to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is just going to move through them. Turn them into saints. God bless you, everybody. In Jesus’ name, be blessed. Thank you for what you do. My name is Jonathan Doyle. This has been The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast, and I’ll have another message for you tomorrow.

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Why Every Catholic Teacher Needs Daily Time With Scripture.

Well, hey there, everybody. Jonathan Doyle with The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast. Hope you’re doing well wherever you are in the world. Thanks again to everybody for your wonderful prayers. If you’re not aware, I had a very bad accident just on two weeks ago. Just been in the hospital for a long time. Still can’t really use my hands, but I’m able to walk again, which is great. Just grateful to God for the gift of being alive. I wake up every day in the morning and I look outside and I just think, “You know, Lord, what a great gift to be alive.” I could have been killed so just great to be here with you on the planet. God’s good. The best is ahead. And I want to share some things with you today and your amazing work as a Catholic educator.

Do you know how proud of you God is? Do you have any idea? I know that you get up and it’s hard and you go into the classroom and sometimes it can be exhausting. He’s so proud of you and the Holy Spirit is just right there ready to take your entire vocation to a whole new level in Him.

And gosh, I was talking to a friend on the weekend about that, that the Holy Spirit, friends… I keep saying to people, in the Roman Church, we don’t have a big Holy Spirit thing for complex historical reasons. I always joke that the Holy Spirit’s like the strange uncle we only see at Christmas. We’re like, “Hey, we should catch up.” And we don’t sort of have the Holy Spirit so central to our life.

But in the Orthodox churches, the Holy Spirit’s incredibly important. So part of my mission is bringing the Holy Spirit back, like He needs me to do that, right? Like He needs me to do that. I’m pretty sure He can cover that on his own, but I’m just really passionate about sharing the graces of the Holy Spirit with Catholic educators.

Listen, I want to share something with you today. I’m very carefully picking up my phone with my very busted hands. But I’m huge on prayer, right? I talk to Catholic teachers all over the world about this. I’m always big on prayer. Now I’ve got a busy life. I’ve got a busted body right now, but when it’s not so busted, I’ve got a very busy life just like you. I’ve got three kids under the age of 12. All that I do, but morning prayer is so central for me.

And as I’m up early and given that first time of day to God every day, and one of the parts of that is I read the daily readings. And I want to share something with you today because I’m always saying to teachers that you’ve got to be spending a little bit of time each day with scripture every single day because if you don’t do that, then He can’t speak to you through His word.

Listen to this beautiful line today. This is from the readings today for Mass. And so, in the Book of Wisdom 6:11, listen carefully. Therefore, set your desire on My words. Long for them, and you will be instructed. One more time. Therefore, set your desire on My words. Long for them, and you will be instructed. So there’s a promise there, right? This is the Holy Spirit speaking through the writer of the book telling them that if we set our desire on the word of God, on God’s words, then we will be instructed.

I don’t know about you. Do you want to be instructed? I do. My life is complex and yours, no doubt, is very complex as well. So what I always try to say to Catholic teachers is that as you spend a little bit of time each day just reading the daily readings, there’s so many apps now in the App Store you can get that are just so good.

He wants to say things to you. And what’ll happen is that as you soak in that word for a few minutes each day, you’ll find that as you go into the classroom, you’ll get these promptings. You’ll get this idea. You’ll be reminded of a gospel story or a scripture or something. And that’s the power of this stuff.

Now, I want to finish by something that I often share in live seminars as well and it’s a beautiful quote from one of the Second Vatican Council Documents, [Dei Verbum 00:03:40]. Now listen to this. It’s very beautiful. Here it is. For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them. And the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons and daughters, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life.

That’s pretty good, huh? Isn’t that amazing? Listen to those words, strength of faith, food for the soul, the Father wanting to speak tenderly to his children. So all of that’s an offer, but it can’t happen if we’re not actually there making that time each day.

So, that’s my encouragement for you today, to spend time as a Catholic teacher each day, each morning, however you can do it, whether you’re listening on an app, whether you’re just reading in some quiet time before you go to school, whatever it is. But today He spoke to me. Today, reading that line from Wisdom about desire and being instructed by His word, the Holy Spirit just told me to share that with you and I never would’ve done that if I hadn’t made the time.

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How To Be The Presence of Jesus To The Lonely

Well hey everybody, Jonathan Doyle once again for The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast. Greetings to you wherever you are in the world. I just want to send you a word of encouragement today for the amazing work that you do in Catholic education. I want to share with you a really interesting quote. I was reading an article yesterday on the CERC Blog, that’s the Catholic Education Resource Center. They’re worth looking up. If you do a Google search on CERC or Catholic Education Resource Center. That he’s been putting out this I think weekly or fortnightly sort of blog of articles on Catholic education stuff. It’s very good.

So I read this wonderful article yesterday where this Dominican priest, his name is Father Peter John Cameron, and he was writing about loneliness in young people and how it came through the recent sort of centered on youth. But listen to this beautiful quote he says, “Sometimes young people can be carrying very hefty burdens and even their best friends don’t know what they’re going through. These issues are never talked about and these young people feel completely isolated with this burden that they’re forced to carry along.” Isn’t this one of the great ironies of the whole social media thing? That the promise was always about connection, right? The promise was always about deeper levels of connection, but yet we see our young people often feeling more isolated and lonely than ever. It’s such a strange thing.

So all I want to say in this short message is to remind you that as you walk into any classroom today, that loneliness and disconnection can be a reality for any number of the students there today. So you really are God’s hands and feet. You really are the person that he has placed there, you know? And it could just be a question that you ask or a moment where you just sit and listen.

I remember when I was teaching I sort of had really good relationships with the students and if there were new kids or kids that were really struggling, I was often able to leverage my connection with some of the cool kids or the popular kids and say, “Hey, can you do me a favor? Can you check on this kid? Can you just make a bit of an effort to reach out to them?” And so sometimes it’s just a question of helping to make that connection. I mean, because a great Catholic school is a community, right? It’s a community. It’s a group of people united in a love for Jesus that create a very special kind of place.

So I think it’s not as if you as the educator have to kind of meet the deep internal needs of every student. Of course we can’t do that, but maybe it’s just about pointing other kids in their direction and building that relationship. So let’s be reminded that today as we go about our work, that this loneliness and disconnection is a reality and God is healing people. Jesus is healing people through you, through these relationships, through your sensitivity. And why the Holy Spirit is so important is because the Holy Spirit will prompt you. You will get an insight, you’ll have a thought, you’ll notice something that you would not have normally noticed in a student because the Holy Spirit will be prompting and guiding you.

So I’m going to pray for you. Father God, I just pray for every teacher listening to this right now. I thank you for them. I ask you to guide and direct them today as they go about their work. Help them to be sensitive to the needs all around them. Holy Spirit, fill them, and prompt them, and give them the grace and energy and capacity that they need to be the hands and feet of Jesus in every moment. All right friends, that’s it from me. Let’s be attuned to the challenges all around us. Do me a favor. Instagram, if you’re on Instagram, come and find me, jonathandoyle47. just type in jonathandoyle47 you’ll find me there. The Facebook group, Passionate Catholic Teachers., love you to come and join that group. Just do a search for Passionate Catholic Teachers and you can find about booking me to speak or the Going Deeper Program all the stuff that we do is on the website BeingCatholic.com.au.

And make sure you’ve subscribe to the podcast wherever you’re hearing this right now. Just hit subscribe on Apple podcast, Spotify, wherever you’re hearing it. That would be fantastic, and please share this with some teachers. All right. God bless you friends. Let’s get out there. Let’s get amongst it. Be encouraged. God sees everything you do. He’s so proud of you. Press on. My name is Jonathan Doyle. This has been The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast, and I’m going to have another message for you tomorrow.

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The hidden work of the Catholic teacher

Well, hey everybody. Jonathan Doyle with you as always for The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast, love having the pleasure of your company. As always, hey, thanks for what you’re doing.

I know that you probably feel pretty hidden. I know that you’re somewhere in the world, maybe in a classroom or in a leadership role, and days roll on and sometimes you ask yourself, “Is this making a difference?” Well, I’m just the voice here today to tell you it’s making a massive difference. But the thing is, we’re such an immediate culture, we’re a culture of immediacy and instant gratification that we’re like if we don’t see an instant result, we’re just not sure that what we’re doing is making a difference.

I can look back now to teachers… I was just thinking about it the other day. When I was in high school, I did a double major in literature, and I remember my teacher there and the stuff that we did in Shakespeare and the things that I memorized and this teacher’s love for literature and became a real mentor for me. And I’m looking back now, and that’s decades, and this person’s service and influence is still significant. So you’re doing that right now.

All right, listen, I want to talk to you about something. You may have heard this if you’ve seen me live. It’s something that I teach called God’s economy, and I want you to hear this today because I explained it like this, right? So in human economy, and by economy, I mean a value system, so in a human value system, in a human economy, we value things like more is better than less, bigger is better than smaller, faster is better than slower, and I don’t critique that really because it’s got us this far.

And then people turn on the TV and believe the world’s coming to an end. But the truth is that the world’s actually in a pretty amazing place. So this human economy with all its imperfections… Remember, Churchill famously said that capitalism is the worst system ever invented except for every other system that’s ever been tried, okay? So it’s an imperfectly perfect system, but in this human economy, we value those things. And what I teach in my seminars with Catholic educators is what I call God’s economy.

You see, in God’s economy, things are basically inverted. Think of those beautiful lines in Isaiah, as high as the heavens, as far as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways above yours, my thoughts above yours. So God’s telling us in scripture that how he thinks, how he values is radically different to how we value. Even look at the life and the ministry of Jesus. I mean, the religious figures of his time, I always think we’re too hard on them. Let’s always remember that for all those Pharisees we read about, there were many devout men and women who actually were trying to do the right thing, but basically that religious system at the time, Jesus pointed it out. He said you’ve got broader phylacteries and bigger tassels. The religious system valued more, showing us in bigger displays of authority and leadership, but what did Jesus value? Children, smallness, women, at that time in history who had no status. So we could even see Jesus playing out this inversion of the human economy.

All right, what’s this got to do with you and Catholic education? What’s this? You see, in God’s economy, the smallest things done in Catholic education by you, the smallest acts of love, the smallest moments of patience, that time where you go the extra mile or you teach that extra class, where you do that extra thing, all of those things are really significant, and in God’s economy, they’re big things.

I always like to say to teachers that when you get to heaven, time as we know it will be different. And I like to think that God’s going to pull out this massive flat screen TV and you’re going to sit down with the Trinity, and the Trinity is going to show you all these little moments that you might’ve thought were insignificant, all these little moments that you thought were maybe not that important. You’re going to see how incredibly important they were in the eyes of God.

So I want to encourage you today as you go back in there to remind yourself that you’re working in God’s economy, and in his economy, small is okay, and in his economy, patience is good and gentleness is good and encouragement is good, so in his economy, the smallest things that you do out of love for him. And I remember Jesus said that too, didn’t he, about just when you visited somebody in prison, you visited him. When you cared for the sick, you cared for him. And I like to say that when you teach from the heart and you go the extra mile to really reach a student and inspire them and encourage them and serve them, you’re doing the same thing to Jesus, and what an amazing thing to do with your life. That is an amazing thing to do with your life. So be encouraged. Everything matters. The smallest details are not small. They’re actually enormous and you’re going to see them.

All right, do this for me. Pull out your phone, grab Instagram. If you’re on it, go to jonathandoyle47. You can find me there on Instagram. If you use Twitter, I’m a pretty big Twitter user, so you’ll find me there on Twitter. I don’t do politics. I don’t do negativity. I do encouragement. You’ll find me there on Twitter @beingcatholic1 or Jonathan Doyle. Please make sure you’ve subscribed wherever you’re hearing this. Please subscribe to the podcast and share it with people. You can find us on Facebook in the group Passionate Catholic Teachers. . You’ll find us there. If you want to book me to speak, just go to beingcatholic.com.au, and you’ll see a seminars tab there. Hit that seminars tab, and you can find out more about getting me to come and speak live.

I’m really excited. I’m going to be doing the NCEA keynote in Baltimore in April, just me and 10,000 friends in the room, so make sure if you’re going to come to NCEA, I want you to check that out. It’s going to be an amazing event and I’ll be there doing the keynote, so I’m looking forward to it.

God bless you, friends. Father, I just pray for every teacher listening right now, every principal, every leader, every teacher, every librarian, janitor, custodian doing the work. I just pray, Holy Spirit, for your blessing and your encouragement and your presence and your inspiration in their lives. Thank you for what they do. God bless you, everybody. My name is Jonathan Doyle. This has been The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast, and I’m going to have another message for you tomorrow.

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I can’t believe that I spent so many years treating the Holy Spirit like a distant relative. In today’s podcast I want to share with you some of my own recent experiences where the Holy Spirit has guided and prompted me in ways I could not have anticipated. The Holy Spirit and Catholic education is a powerful force and your role in that relationship is crucial.

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Inviting The Holy Spirit To Be With You Every Day In The Catholic Classroom

Well. Hey there everybody, Jonathan Doyle with you for The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast . I hope you’re doing well wherever you are in the world. I want to share a really simple idea with you. I find the more that I speak, and I’ve spoken now live around the world to over 400,000 people. I really only have a couple of ideas. I often joke I don’t know why people invite me back, because I’ve only really got a couple of things to say. I might sort of say them slightly differently, but I just think that the great truths about our vocation, about education, about the faith are so simple. They’re not often easy, but they’re very simple. I want to share a very simple and really important one with you today.

Over the last year or so, speaking to thousands of Catholic teachers, I have been talking more about the Holy Spirit. Often in the Western church, in the Roman Church, He’s kind of the forgotten member of the Trinity. I often joking and I say He’s like that uncle that you see at Christmas. You’re like, “Hey, like you, Holy Spirit, guy. How are you doing? We should catch up sometime and call me.” It’s like that, isn’t it?

But it’s interesting in the Eastern church, in the Orthodox churches, the Holy Spirit is really important, very central. So often for many of us with the Holy Spirit, we kind of get it. We’re kind of like, “Yeah, yeah. The Holy Spirit is this kind of thing that sort of just does stuff, and I’ve been really learning so much about the Holy Spirit.”

This is a person we’re talking about. This is a person. This is a person. This is a person with unique characteristics and qualities. The Holy Spirit exists to do so many wonderful things in the lives of Catholic teachers, and my sense is that what many of us are missing out because we’re not inviting the Holy Spirit. My gosh, the politeness of God, I think there’s a book title in that. John Paul, too, used to say about the Catholic church. He said, “The Catholic church never imposes. She only proposes.”

The Holy Spirit only ever comes when invited. It doesn’t tend to kick down the doors and demand anything. But when we invite the Spirit, and isn’t it beautiful that Jesus said that He would send us the advocate, He would send us the Paraclete, He would send us the counselor? Jesus even said, I mean, how amazing is this? Jesus said, “It is better that I go,” this is Jesus we’re talking about, and that the apostles were like, “No, we don’t want you to go,” and He’s like, “But it’s better that I go. Because if I don’t go, I can’t send you the advocate.”

I’ve always loved. I always found, it’s so powerful. So here’s what I want to say to you today. What I’ve been doing increasingly over the last 12 months is ensuring that every single day, I invoke and invite the Holy Spirit to be present in my day. So, I pray something like this. At the end of say, I’ll get up and I pray the Divine Office, and I’ll pray a Rosary, which I love doing. I just love these beautiful prayers of the church that anchor me in centuries of tradition, and all these beautiful men and women who throughout the centuries have prayed this beautiful prayer.

Recently, I was in Nashville, and we had the incredible privilege of going to the mother house of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. We were so blessed to be allowed to sit with them during the Divine Office and Rosary. Here I am back in Australia, praying the Rosary today, but I know that my prayer, my praying of the Divine Office, my praying of the prayer of the church is united with their prayer on the other side of the world. So beautiful.

So I prayed that, and then my prayer is simply to invite and invoke the Holy Spirit to come into my day. I pray something like, “Holy Spirit, I give you my intellect, my reason, my will, my creativity. I ask You to guide each thought, each word.” Then, I really asked the Holy Spirit to give me one specific thing. What is it? Promptings. I say, “Holy Spirit, give me promptings, prompt me.”

I want to tell you, you can hear it in my voice how excited I get, it’s happening. All throughout the day, I get these little ideas and, for me, it’s like it’s an idea to message someone, or to text someone, or to invite someone, or to organize something like a dinner or a board meeting or something just to bring people together. I want to just share, I’m going to finish now, but very quickly, I’ve been helping somebody, a senior kind of business person who’s working through some transitions, and this is a person of faith.

Yesterday after pray, I was on my laptop, and I somehow ended up led to this interesting book on discernment, and I bought it on Kindle. The minute I started reading it I’m like, “Oh my gosh, maybe this is for me too, but this is definitely for him.” So instantly, I jumped on my phone, messaged him and said, “Hey, I think this book’s for you,” and I got an email this morning when I woke up and this guy’s like, “OMG.” He’s like, “This is like, you read my mail.” He said, “This book is incredible. It is a massive blessing.” Then he wrote these words, he said, “Jonathan,” he said, “God has just worked through you in the most powerful way.”

You can hear it in my voice, that’s not about me. There’s no pride in that. I’m just like, “Wow.” I’m like the Holy Spirit put something on my heart, put something in front of me, and then instructed me to give it to someone else. I don’t know if you believe what I’m saying, but I just want to promise you, I’m living it. I’m experiencing it, the beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit to prompt us.

So, all I want to do is say to you as a Catholic teacher, start your day with that. Every single day from now on, begin with that prayer, and then stay alert, and you will find these little promptings, these little directions, these little movements of the Spirit that will guide you. Might be a particular student, or in a creative idea, or something you’ve got to talk to someone about. So, don’t go through your day relying on your own capacity, your own insight.

So remember saying Augustan said, “Grace builds on nature.” So what the Spirit does is it elevates our giftings. It elevates our natural capacities. It elevates our intellect. It elevates our creativity. So, why would you want to go through a day missing that stuff out? Okay. So, that’s what I want you to do. Make sure that you’re inviting the Holy Spirit every single day to guide you as a Catholic teacher.

All right, that’s it for me. Do me a favor now. If you’re hearing this, jump on Twitter and go to @beingcatholic1, or just search for Jonathan Doyle. Come and give me a follow, and send me a DM, say hi. Introduce yourself to me there. I’d love to say hi. If you use Instagram, pull your phone out right now, and just go to jonathandoyle47 . I do some great stuff there. I’d love to share with you, of course, the Facebook group, Passionate Catholic Teachers. Just type in, “ Passionate Catholic Teachers” to Facebook. You’ll find us there.

The last thing, of course, is go to BeingCatholic.com.au and look at the Going Deeper tab, right? Going Deeper. That’s got an amazing three-week free trial. You’ll love that. So, check that for me. As always, would you do this, would you share this with someone? Grab this link and flip it to a few teachers right now, because you don’t know if this is going to bless them as well.

All right, that’s it from me. My name is Jonathan Doyle . This has been The Catholic Teacher Daily Podcast, and I’m going to have another message for you tomorrow.

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