Friday 2 November 2018

Unconditional Care

Nowhere was the spirit of the College more visible this week than at the prayer service for Alex Noble, our injured Year 10 man. A cross section not just of our own community, but the wider Sydney community gathered to pray for Alex and his family and offer support. We gathered together in the face of a grim reality, but we gathered as a people of faith that life and light will not be extinguished, even when we cannot understand it. Perhaps the most impressive aspect for me was how complete the commitment to support and sustain the Noble family is; everyone who led us in prayer or offered the gift of music or even just showed up, made a statement about unconditional care. It’s very fitting that this comes during the week of All Souls Day, November 2nd, when we celebrate the holiness and saintliness of all people. On Wednesday in the Rose Garden, there were hundreds of saints present.


The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

(Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost)

I cannot not quote Robert Frost when I see this image of the woods near Waldheim Hut.

The slow, steady rain coming down; the verdant greens, the smell of loam and moss, the anxiety of the hike yet to come and the soothing promise of the woods that it would look after me. All of that coming together. I grew up around woods like these, so they’re places of comfort and fondness for me, even when they’re challenging me.

What are the things that are happening for you that are both a bit daunting and yet fill you with a sense of comfort at the same time? Can you trust in the promises they hold?

Fr Jack McLain SJ