Seton is clearly a rigorous academic program, designed to enable students to excel in college. But, for any number of good reasons, many Seton graduates do not continue their studies after high school. Truth to tell, a liberal arts college education really is not mandatory for success in life or salvation; students who choose to enter the work force or the trades after high school are not therefore second-class citizens!
Some years ago, a book appeared discussing the theme, “Do what you love; the money will follow.” Anyone who has a passion for a certain trade or artistic endeavor will almost automatically do splendid work and make a success of his chosen career. People will always recognize superior workmanship and will reward it with their support.
But money isn’t everything, either. A person who takes pride in his labor and allies it with God will also develop a solid spiritual life. Any well-done work accomplished for the glory of God and the service of neighbor is a holy task, blessed and sanctified just as abundantly (or even more so!) as the cerebral work of academia. The world would be in a sorry state indeed without morally upright and competent electricians, mechanics, and plumbers.
The very briefest survey of Church history will reveal that carpentry holds a certain pride of place in Christian labor, followed closely by the fishing industry. Then there is the career of St. Matthew… but that clearly is another story!