Primarily today I want to use this space in my final days as your Principal. I want to take a brief moment to add my voice to the chorus regarding our convulsing communities. As a Catholic, it is imperative that we are engaged in issues of social justice. The Church calls us to participate in helping our brothers and sisters, and many dioceses are actively leading the way in their communities. So many of those Saints and models the Church holds dear brought Christ’s love into their society’s strife, struggle, and conflict.
During these days I have been cognizant of the direct impact on our friends, family, and Eagles. As an educator I considered deeply the impact on our children – what do their precious eyes perceive? What are their forming minds absorbing? What is my responsibility to them in this moment?
I will not go into the divisive politics already seeping into these matters, but my considerations have returned me to our core Truths: Faith, Hope, Love. These Theological Virtues were gifted to us by God. While they cannot be earned, it is our duty to employ them as means to peace within so we can share that peace with the world outside.
These virtues are not abstractions, Eagles; these are tools.
These virtues stand resolutely opposed to violence, destruction, and division. In many ways these virtues are our compasses right now – those things lacking in Faith, Hope, or Love are calling us to action directed by prayer. Those things filled with Faith, Hope, Love are our renewal and model.
God resides and works within all of these places, but we are His hands – vital members of the Body of Christ.
Hands…what a fitting reflection. They can be used for greatness, and for evil. We have seen both. Let us begin by folding these hands in prayer: “Lord, to what are you calling the work of my hands?”
Cathedral School has seen a beautiful rise in her diverse population since 2015 – transfers from the area, Saint Mary’s families, Sacred Heart families. We are also blessed with many families who bravely serve our country in the military, emergency services, and law enforcement. In many cases those lines of diversity and community service overlap. This panoply of diversity, this plurality of culture and commitment to community is a priceless gift. Let us honor that precious gift because, like those virtues, it was not earned – it was given by our loving, unifying Lord.
Blessed to be an eagle,
Principal, Cathedral of the Risen Christ School