Sunday was a wonderful celebration of our community with our annual Spring Fair and Mass for Refugee and Migrant Sunday with the collection going to Jesuit Refugee Service. One of the highlights of WYD16 was the normalised demonstration of our Catholic faith. Complete strangers greeting each other with genuine smiles and singing hymns as they walked down the street. Returning home, the past weeks have been such that everywhere we turn—television, radio, newsfeed—there is news of strife, tragedy, and devastation, such as seen in Syria. The more news we hear, the more it steals our peace. The need to be hospitable and welcome the stranger has never been more urgent. At our Mass on Sunday Fr.Chris Glesson reminded us all of our Christian calling to welcome the stranger and show love to all we meet. St Ignatius called us to:
- Dwell on the good: Wherever you find God in your day—in a pleasant exchange, the beauty of a flower, or a child’s laugh or smile—stop and acknowledge the beauty and the goodness around you, and take a moment to thank God.
- Have a “heart-to-heart” with Jesus: St. Ignatius urged his followers to envision themselves sitting with Jesus and conversing just as one would with a friend.
- Embrace peace: As you talk with Jesus, let go of fear and trust that he has it all covered.
- Spread peace: Pope Francis reminds us that when we know Jesus, “Moved by his example, we want to enter fully into the fabric of society, sharing the lives of all, listening to their concerns, helping them materially and spiritually in their needs, rejoicing with those who rejoice, weeping with those who weep; arm in arm with others, we are committed to building a new world” (Evangelii Gaudium 269). Once we regain our peace, we are impelled, as stewards of his peace, to share it. All it takes is one flame to break through the darkness. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”
During this week of significant House and Council voting from our students we ask Our Most Loving God to watch over our school community and demonstrate hospitality to all.
Sharon O’Keeffe (Ms)
Director of Mission (K-12)