Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick, has extended his best wishes and prayers to the Leaving and Junior Certificate students who commence their exams today.
Calling for prayers to be said across the entire diocese for students sitting their exams, Bishop Leahy said, “My immediate thought and hope is that those sitting Leaving and Junior Cert exams would approach today relaxed and focused, aware that there’s no point in overdoing things at this stage, and that it is now better to focus on expressing themselves and their knowledge across their respective subjects.
Bishop Leahy has also urged students to put these exams into perspective. He said, “Yes, they are important but some of the most successful people in the world went on to achieve what they did without having excelled in exams. I would hope that they would look at the bigger picture and not get overly focused on successes or failures.
“Pope Francis has said that our world is broken and violence is not the way to fix it. We need people with good, strong ideals who can fix it. We need young people emerging with ideals of peace, justice, fraternity, truth, and respect. We need enlightened young people who will make a contribution to society. We need to recalibrate in many respects and I hope and pray that our young people sitting exams will emerge with the all those characteristics that Pope Francis speaks of that will collectively change the broken world.”