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From the Rector
As I was looking at my various commitments for the next few weeks, I realized that in four weeks’ time (on Friday 8 December, to be precise), the school year will be over for students, although staff will still have some work to do during the following week.
Before we finish the school year, there will be an opportunity to say THANK YOU to God, and to all the people who have contributed to another successful year.
Recently I came across a story of the Angels who around Christmas time, receive, process and dispatch all the requests from children and adults around the world. They were all extremely busy. But in the office marked ‘Acknowledgments’, only one Angel sat idly waiting for work. Very few people, after receiving their requests, thought of sending a THANK YOU prayer back to God.
And the writer went on to highlight how many people in a country like Australia, take their good life for granted, without any further thought to the millions of people who struggle to make a meagre living every day. Just consider:
- If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and your own bed to sleep in, you are richer than 75% of the people in this world.
- If you have a bank account and some money in it, or in your wallet, you are among the top 10% of the world’s wealthy individuals.
- If you are able to read this message on your own computer, you are part of the 5% in the world who have that opportunity.
- If you have never experienced the fear of war, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are already better off than 700 million people in the world.
- If you can attend a place of prayer and worship without fear of being arrested, or of torture or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
- If you are able to read and write, you are better off than two billion people who cannot read and write at all!
You can probably add a few more points from your own experience about the blessing of living in the ‘lucky country’!
At this time of the year, I think it is important to reflect on so many wonderful blessings in our lives. I hope that parents, teachers and adults instil a sense of gratitude in their children.
Fr Frank Bertagnolli SDB