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From the Rector
Since the last Newsletter, several important events have taken place in the College, involving Staff, students, past students, and families. And I am sure a report will appear somewhere in this issue of the Newsletter.
From my point of view, I would like to emphasize two events that hold a special significance in the tradition and ethos of the College.
The first was Ash Wednesday – to begin the important season of Lent, which is a six weeks’ build-up to Holy Week and Easter. All Staff and students had an opportunity of receiving the ashes and of reflecting on the journey through Lent, stressing the importance of prayer, fasting and good deeds, and contributing to “Project Compassion”.
You notice here that there is a mixture of positive and negative things. While we are all encouraged to do something to help the poor, perhaps by giving up some of our delicacies and comforts, we should also be thinking of how we can change our own feelings, attitudes, ways of dealing with people, the language that we use, and our manners towards others… Thus we should move from harping on the negatives to stressing the positives, from bitterness to forgiveness, from criticism to silence, from anger to patience, from self-pity to compassion, from complaining to appreciation, from constant activity to quality time with God and others…
The second was the Dux Assembly – to highlight the achievements of our students. From the stage it was a very impressive view. And everyone associated with that assembly should be congratulated, especially the award recipients. Hopefully, this experience will challenge our students to do their best, to work hard, and to make good use of all opportunities.
In the midst of so many talents and achievements, I hope that we all cherish our uniqueness, our strengths and limitations, our longing for recognition, for respect, for tolerance. Each one of us must be convinced that we are a unique creation of God, that our life is a gift to be cherished, that we are called to be happy in this life and in the next, and that we must take responsibility to develop our God-given talents and to contribute to form communities based on values of love and care, justice and peace, compassion and forgiveness.
I am sure we all agree that our College community should lead the way in this.
Fr Frank Bertagnolli, SDB