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Formation & Service Week 10 Term 3

Last Sunday 4 September, Pope Francis celebrated mass in front of millions who came to share in the canonization of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu or Mother Teresa as she is known to billions of people worldwide. Mother Teresa’s strength, compassion, resilience and capacity for tenacity and hard work is well known across the globe and so too are the stories of her work with the poor, sick and marginalised across many decades and continents.

Her canonization was not the culmination of the life of a wonderful person, role model and now Catholic saint, rather it is the beginning of a new time of inspiration, reflection and action for all of us.

As Christians, Jesus calls us to look for those on the margins and to ensure that we find them a seat at our table, a place in our hearts and a sense of self-worth that they may not otherwise be able to find. Our Year 9 students are currently studying the life of Mary Mackillop, Caroline Chisolm, Daniel Mannix and other significant figures in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia and the question I often ask my class is “why”. Why did these people sacrifice their own selfish lives in the quest to serve others and/or to stand up or those who would not stand up for themselves?

What inspires these people to do what appears to be the impossible? How is that we have these amazing role models to look up to?

The story goes that Saint Mother Teresa’s inspiration came on 10 September 1946, on a train journey from Calcutta to Darjeeling, where she received what she termed the “call within a call,” which came from Jesus was to give rise to the Missionaries of Charity family of Sisters, Brothers, Fathers, and Co-Workers. This inspiration reignited her desire “….to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls….” by “….laboring at the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor…..”.

For most of us, we may not experience a divine revelation of this king. However, the reality is that we do not need to look to far for our inspiration. All around there are both people in need and people doing great things to help those in need. I am confident in saying that for the likes of Mother Teresa, Mary MacKillop, Daniel Mannix, Caroline Chisolm and indeed our founder Edmund Rice, they would have had no idea of what the first step in their journey would lead them to, but they took it anyway. They had no idea of the sacrifice, opposition and self-doubt that they would encounter, but they took that first step anyway. They had no idea that years on, millions of people would be looking up them as role models of modern time, yet they took that first step because they were called, as we all are, to action. In a meeting earlier this week, Peter Nugent our Business Manager lead us in a reflection on the life of Mother Teresa, and shared with us the following prayer which is attributed to Saint Mother Teresa. I hope you also find some inspiration in this.

“Do it anyway”
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway. (Mother Teresa).

Service Program Week 10

Year 6 students came together once again with our friendship school, Milpera this time on the ATC pontoon for a spot of fishing. This initiative that has been running for the past few years and each term we connect and learn about each other’s culture. Throwing in a line brought plenty of smiles and excitement and provided an opportunity for students to get to know each other. Milpera anglers proved they already had some skills with the rod and proudly showed off their catches. We thank the ATC Anglers for being excellent hosts and sharing their knowledge.

Please remember to send your Service stories and photos to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au. and log your hours.

Cu Chullain Awards

Year 5: Sean Bennett, Tate Highley, Byron Butcher, Ryan Tenorio
Year 4: awards Sam Gleeson, Hugo Hart, Jamie Collins, Andrew Box, Ben Bladen
Year 6: Zach Smith, Harry Hooper, Angus Mulvihill, Oliver Iuvale

Mr Dave Capra, Acting Dean of Formation
caprad@atc.qld.edu.au