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Common Values of Compassion

As a new father, I have recently found myself thinking about the intended values which I would like to pass on to my darling daughter. Fortuitously as I stood in front of my Year 8 Religion class teaching them about the splendour surrounding this man we know as Jesus Christ, reading numerous scriptures, that it become somewhat clearer – it is not what I want but what Jesus wants of us.

Although there are numerous scriptures to choose from, one stood out most; Colossians 3: 12 – ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’. It is evident that Jesus always sees the good in people, He is forever selfless, forgiving and compassionate – always taking the time to sit humbly, walk and talk with those who are ostracized from the main stream community – such simple values which impacted on our very own Blessed Edmund Rice and Patrick Ambrose Treacy.
It is no surprise that this has translated into our College Pillar of Service, inviting students into the gospel spirituality through the story of Jesus – striving to live out the values of compassion, justice and service. In turn building relationships that empower the marginalised and creating an inclusive community that is open minded, accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good. Essentially, we want our students to be upstanding gentlemen in the community – doing what is right and doing so without reward. All of which are common values imparted onto generations past, present and future.

Sadly, modern society has found itself in the fast lane, were we have found ourselves moving away from these common values – often finding ourselves too busy to pay attention to what’s going on around us; too engrossed in our smart phones to stop to lend a helping hand. Inevitably, I have vowed to slow down and enjoy what life offers, in the hope that my daughter adopts a similar approach – being a loving and compassionate person. She is a constant reminder that I must lead by example, I must model the correct behaviours, I must do what Jesus would do. Once again, I am guided by the actions of Jesus, placing my faith in Him, entrusting that the decisions made in bringing up my daughter will be holistic and purposeful. Where the common values of compassion, gentleness and forgiveness will create a steadfast and confident woman of God – someone who is strong in her beliefs, humble in her approach to life, patient and kind to the person beside her. It is hoped that as parents we are reminded to maintain the common values imparted onto to us for the good of others, entrusting our children to carry them forward with confidence and when faced with uncertainty, arm themselves with the question “What would Jesus do?”

Bernard Wong, Service Learning Coordinator
wongb@atc.qld.edu.au