From the Principal
On the weekend, Father Hosking and I attended our first JACSA Principals and Rectors meeting for the year. The meeting was hosted by St Aloysius’ College at Milson’s Point in Sydney and, whilst it was very enjoyable to catch up again with the leaders of our Jesuit and Companion schools throughout Australia, it was also very useful in its formation session and through the various agenda items of the meeting, which ranged from Covid-19 and risk assessments to learning environments and RE curriculum.
At the gathering we shared a Mass and commenced each session with prayer. The prayer below from Pope Francis is one that I am sure many of you have seen before but, in reading it again on the weekend, I was struck by the deep meaning embedded in it.
Now that we are a week or more into the current Lenten season, I share it with our community to remind us that Lent offers us an opportunity to reflect on our individual journeys and reimagine what is possible in our lives.
Lent is often thought by some to be a bit of a solemn time, with fasting a challenge or a chore to be mastered, but this prayer from Pope Francis suggests that it may be much more life-giving. I hope that all may find some inspiration in these words.
Fasting (Pope Francis)
Fast from hurtful words and speak kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
Completely unrelated to this but also on the weekend, on Saturday I was fortunate to witness our First XI Cricket side break through for their first victory in quite some time. In defeating St Michael’s College in a tense struggle, the side ended a challenging run of defeats.
I have been impressed by this team for some time as they have refused to be overcome by adversity. They have maintained a positivity and support for each other that have been great to see. Their captain, Will Rice, has led by example, and it was fitting that he scored the winning runs with a mighty blow for six.
I was grateful that I was there to enjoy it with them and their loyal supporters. As ambassadors of the College, they have been outstanding, displaying good character and resilience, and I was delighted that they received their just reward on Saturday.
Mr Peter Coffey