Saint Ambrose School continues to lead the way in providing a high quality, character-filled, affordable education to our families and community! This week the school hosted The Culture Project who shared the group’s mission by reminding seventh and eighth-grade students of who they are and what they are made for, focusing on their inherent dignity, value, and worth. Together The Culture Project and Saint Ambrose School students explored human dignity through storytelling, real life examples, scientific evidence, and natural law to dissect the question of what sets human beings apart. Discussions and ideas were shared and analyzed around reversing modern-day violations of human dignity.
The Culture Project started in Pennsylvania in 2014. Missionaries with the Culture Project travel across the country, speaking to Catholic schools, youth and young adult groups about ideals of chastity, modesty, and pure love. There are currently 20 missionaries spread out across 4 Dioceses; Cleveland, Toledo, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Five of them are assigned to the Diocese of Cleveland, and Saint Ambrose School is excited to be the first school in our Diocese to host a presentation.
Parker, from Louisiana, and Emily, from Colorado, presented the first of three sessions that will be held at Saint Ambrose throughout the school year. This session focused on human dignity and the intrinsic value of human life. Using analogies the students could relate to, such as the damage of a smartphone as compared to the damage to the human body, we always have value because of our very existence, whereas, once damaged, the phone loses its value.
We are faced with many forms of dehumanization in modern society, but humans are made for love and we should always choose to love. Parker and Emily left the students with two important tasks: First, recognize your own dignity and know that you are worthy as a Child of God. Look around and be amazed. There has never been a YOU before and there will never be a YOU again. Second, do a simple act of love. Who needs a smile, a word of hello, or to be told they are loved?
We look forward to the Culture Project returning to our campus and for our students to continue their encounter with young people who are a living witness and demonstrating a life of counter-cultural virtue.