«It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter» (Proverbs 25:2).
Alphonso X (1221-1284), was King of Castile and Leon, the firstborn son of Ferdinand Ill, whom he succeeded in 1252. Alphonso promoted a reconquering by capturing the regions of Jerez, Medina-Sidonia, Lebrija, Niebla, and Cádiz. In addition, he faced the revolt of the Muslims in his kingdoms, repopulated Murcia and lower Andalusia, among other of his achievements. However, some of his greatest triumphs were of a cultural order. The monarch urged research and study of language. In fact, Spanish was adopted as an official language at the time. He also brought together a brilliant team of scholars from the three religions of the Iberian Peninsula (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) and created translation and research schools in Murcia, Seville, and Toledo. As a result, the Bible, the Quran, and the Talmud were translated into Castilian, among other texts. As if that were not enough, Alphonso X wrote important literary, historical, and scientific works. He also fostered the promulgation of laws for his kingdom. He went down in history as Alphonso X the Wise, for his constant desire to know the mysteries of life and nature, as well as his support of the scholars of his time, regardless of their origin and ideology.
Not at all times are there rulers who support education. Rather, it is rare the ones who are inclined to take this path. The truth is that investing in education is the most profitable path for any society. Education makes the people more righteous, more tolerant, and more prosperous. This is a long-term investment, but it will give great results.
«Life is not given to be spent in idleness and self-pleasing. Great possibilities have been placed before everyone who will develop his God-given capabilities. For this reason the training of the young is a matter of highest importance. Every child born into the home is a sacred trust. . . . To fit the child for such a life, something more is called for than a partial, one-sided education which shall develop the mental at the expense of the physical powers. All the faculties of mind and body need to be developed; and this is the work which parents, aided by the teacher, are to do for the children and youth placed under their care»—Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, sec. 4, p. 145.
Today ask the Lord to help you give education a privileged place in your life.