When I encounter the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), I am both thankful that this is who we are and daunted by the challenge of measuring ourselves against these standards. As a school, our role is not that unlike the role of a parent. Our students will learn more by what we do than by what we say. Similarly, they will certainly pay more attention to what we do than what we say.
Regarding journeying with the youth – sometimes as teachers we wonder, are the students willing companions on the journey? How do we proceed when they are not moved to act? Am I a willing companion on the journey in those cases?
This is messy work. I often ask myself, what do I want for my own children regarding their own formation? Am I willing to seek the same for my students no matter the obstacles we might encounter?