Dear St Michael’s College Community,
As we move into our Easter break, I trust you can take the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend and relax with family and friends. As a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition and one committed to both a human and Christian education, we also reflect on the concluding season of Lent and the celebration of the Easter Triduum.
One of Pope Francis’ key themes in his Lenten message of 2021 was that of hope. This is a central aspiration for us at St Michael’s College, working to ensure a community where “each individual flourishes and is open to hope and positive sense of life”. Pope Francis acknowledges that “when everything seems fragile and uncertain, it may appear challenging to speak of hope”, but we remember that Lent is the season that we turn back to God and place our hope in reconciliation and forgiveness of self and others. We are further urged by Pope Francis to be:
“increasingly concerned with “speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation and encouragement, and not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn” (Fratelli Tutti, 223). In order to give hope to others, it is sometimes enough simply to be kind, to be “willing to set everything else aside in order to show interest, to give the gift of a smile, to speak a word of encouragement, to listen amid general indifference” (ibid., 224).
In his meditation for Easter Sunday, St John Baptist de La Salle wrote that “this feast is a day of joy for the entire Church”, and in wishing all members of the St Michael’s College community a blessed and safe Easter, my hope is that we continue to understand the value of our connections to each other and bring hope and joy to others through the Easter season and beyond.