Thank you for your presence at the Back to School Nights, Ancillae Moms and Dads meeting, and Fiat Day. We have had several opportunities to Pass On the tradition of Hospitality. Now that we are in the month of October, we focus on the theme of Compassion – Pass it On. With all that we have heard and read these past weeks, we can’t help but be touched by the devastation due to natural disasters. We see pictures and hear reports and wonder what it is that we can do. That feeling, that wondering is the presence of compassion within our being. The dictionary definition of compassion is “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune and accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate suffering.” The challenge is finding a way to be of help. We can look no further than the life of Jesus to find the answer to the challenge. We read in Matthew’s gospel that “when Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion for them.” This compassion translated into his asking the disciples to feed them. It is the act of feeding the spirit as well as the being of a person that shows compassion. Offering a helping hand, sharing material things that are needed, and gathering our friends and relatives to join our efforts are just a few ways of being a compassionate person to those in need. We do not have to go to Mexico, Texas, or Puerto Rico to find a way to show compassion. Looking at the needs of those who are our neighbors and offering to be of assistance can bring joy into their lives.
In our families, it is important to talk about compassion and share ways that we can be compassionate to others. It is the simple and practical gestures that are at the root of our growing and becoming persons who alleviate the sufferings of others. Let us pray daily that we can model for our children what compassion looks and feels like so that they can pass it on.
With love and peace,
School Principal School Director