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.
Mr. Read’s late Mom used to leave him notes with Scripture passages, replacing names in the prayers with his own. It can be a powerful way to read and pray the Bible; it can put things in perspective, especially problems we may be having. Suddenly, in light of God’s Word, terrible circumstances lighten a little, and hope arises where before there may have been none. For example, praying these words from Deuteronomy (33:26, 27a, 29a) with our school “STC” in place of “Israel”—
“There is none like God, STC, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Happy are you, STC! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph!”
It is a small thing with great love. Each one of us being able to live our school motto is such a blessing, in whichever sphere of our community we may be working. And ultimately, Our Lord is the One who ceaselessly does small things with great love. St. Thomas Kempis says in his Imitation of Christ, “See! Everything that I have, everything I can give for Thy (God’s) service, is Thine already. Surely it is rather Thou that servest me, than I that serve Thee. Earth and sky, which are always at Thy command, and obey Thee at Thy word, were made for the service of man. And even this is little. It was for the service of man that the angels themselves were created, and ranged in their different orders. But far above all is this, that Thou, Thyself, hast deigned to serve Thy creature, and hast promised to give Thyself to him” (III.x.3).
Thanks be to God, Who leads us in our school mission by His own example! “Be careful, then, never to take credit to yourself for any good, or to yield any man praise for his virtue, but give all to God, without Whom man has nothing… My child, I (God) must be your chief and last end, if you wish to be truly happy” (Imitation III.ix.3,1).
Mr. Jesse Read, Principal - Conewago Campus