The greatest fulfillment is in doing God’s will.
We do not have to do great things, only small things with great love.
We do not have to be extraordinary in any way.
I can do what you can’t do and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do something beautiful for God. We can be the little pencils in the hand of God.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for us.
“Separation from God means disintegration, total separation, total disintegration,” said Schoenstatt founder Fr. Joseph Kentenich in 1950 during a series of lectures. As a survivor of Dachau concentration camp, Fr. Kentenich felt a heavy burden for the family, knowing first-hand how difficult it would be to rebuild family life after the tragedy of the Holocaust. People can separate God from society at a broad level (e.g. no prayer in public school, etc.) but it’s the separation at the smallest level, in our daily routines and personal relationships‒especially within families‒that initiates a series of disconnections of us from God that can lead to undue stress and disappointment down the road. This is why daily prayer woven throughout our daily work and rest time is essential; it makes work and challenges a joy, and maybe even an adventure as the Christian remaining close to God enjoys an interior anchor that keeps him or her grounded. It helps us to “not become tired of doing good,” for “as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in the faith” (Gal. 6:9,10). The fruit of such practice is evident in both STC campuses on a daily basis.
Our students and faculty are complimented often on their joyful countenances, their sensitivity to others, their respect, and their patience. We believe this is not ourselves, but the Holy Spirit within us. By allowing Him control and in giving Him His rightful place as first in the daily life of the school, those little connections with God are made, and He continues to lead us in fulfilling the mission of “doing small things with great love,” for at the same time God in His great love is perfecting every small thing within us. Particularly in the Eucharist is this work most potent, for our “praise, suffering, prayers, work, are united to those of Christ” (Compendium of CCC #281). Remember this weekend that the Eucharist brings together what was separated or disintegrated, and that every small thing done in love for Christ strengthens us in a way nothing in this world can.
Mr. Jesse Read, Principal - Conewago Campus