Friday 8 March 2019

The Bonds that Bind

I just returned from the Year 7 Camp out at Narrabeen where a diverse group of young men were making the transition from being a large group of individuals to forming a class year group. What I witnessed were new friendships being made, old friendships being affirmed, people being challenged physically, spiritually and emotionally to lift one another up. Sometimes that was helping someone else up a climbing wall, other times it was supporting someone feeling a touch homesick. (Remember your first overnight experience, how scary it seemed?) It’s not just our friends who help us through, it’s often the people who are there, whether we know them well or not, that help us through challenges. And for many of these young men, the people they’ve bonded with this week are the ones who will be helping them through these challenges for the rest of their lives. These are the kind of bonds that the College brings out in people: the courage to forget ourselves and lift up those around us. And in doing that, we are in turn lifted up.


Winter surfing in New Zealand is not for the faint of heart. But once you take that first step, and get your feet wet, well, it doesn’t get easier, but it does become worth it.

What is it your foot is raised towards right now? What will it take to help you take the plunge? Can you be grateful for the whole experience, even if parts of it are a challenge?

Fr Jack McLain SJ