Friday 24 August 2018

Generosity

What a week! From the incredible excitement of the game against Saint Joseph’s College to the craftsmanship of the works on display in the TAS show to the investiture of the new proctors at Mass on Sunday to the generosity displayed by our community for those being tested by the drought to the Year 12s beginning their trials, there is so much going on, it’s hard to keep up. But even in the diversity and busy-ness of all this activity, there’s a theme that keeps shining through to me: Generosity. The 1st XV players gave everything on the pitch to our community. The woodworkers and media creators poured themselves into the projects. The new proctors have put the boarding community ahead of themselves and said they’ll carry the load. Our community raised over $52,000 for the relief of farmers in the bush. And the men of Year 12 are testing themselves against the HSC. All generous expressions of self. So many people putting others ahead of themselves.

I’m reminded of the wisdom of Mr. Rogers, the children’s television show host and the words he learned from his mother. He said that when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” To the end of his life, he said that he would remember his mother’s words, and he was always comforted by realising that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world. All you have to do is look around Saint Ignatius’ College and you’ll see helpers everywhere.

THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION

I spent one day this week working with next year’s student leadership team at a beach location. The swell was amazing and the ‘sick day’ surfers were making the most of it.

We can all learn a lesson about getting the most of conditions that we find, rather than the ones we want. When the good ones find you, relish them and be grateful.

Fr Jack McLain SJ