Friday 17 August 2018

Meaningful Traditions

We’re about to launch into a weekend steeped in some very old traditions and rituals. Some that are central to who we are as a community, others that have just grown up with us and we should examine more closely.

This past week I was asked to write a report on a Jesuit partner school that has only been in existence for about 15 years. I spent three days interviewing members of their community and listening to their experiences and traditions, both old and new, and how meaningful they were for that community. Going through the process made me reflect on what is at the core of our traditions and what is most important to us here at the College. The rugby game this weekend is a fine tradition that goes back a long way, and it will be a game played with passion and excitement and no one from either school will want to back away from a tough test. But the real tradition that goes on this weekend will be taking place in the hearts of all those who gather to remember and support the members of both the Saint Ignatius’ and Saint Joseph’s communities who are being so deeply afflicted by the current drought.

I have no idea what the scoreboards will read at the end of the day on Saturday, but I do know that as long as we compete hard, and remember who we’re playing for, as long as the farming community feels our support, the day will be a victory.


I captured these dolphins up at Hawks Nest last year. We may swim separately, and in our own way, but when we find a good team to be part of, we all swim in the same direction. It’s who we choose to swim with that gives us the courage to face the deep waters.

Who are the people who help you face the tough tides you navigate? Can you be grateful for them?

Fr Jack McLain SJ