A triple cord, strong and sure
A reflection on our school’s Feast Day
“The views we have of the world and the ways we approach life may make a difference to many aspects of our being. In the basic elements of our lives – in striving to achieve our purposes, in our relationships with others, in our sense of who we are – our orientation to life makes a difference.” (Spirit Matters, Peter Kaldor, Philip Hughes, Alan Black.) These authors are referring to the ideas, beliefs, practices and traditions that we hold and are part of, the way we interpret the experiences we have and indeed the experiences we seek out and make possible – in other words, our worldview. The way we are, begins with the way we look at life.
Today is our school’s Feast Day – Loreto Day – and as we reach out and celebrate who we are by walking alongside others (this year it is the community of Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan) it is also a time to pause and reflect on our community and the tradition we are part of.
There is a parable Jesus told about the fig tree: “Take the fig tree as a parable,” he said, “as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.”
This is a great image to hold before us. The fig tree is brought to bloom in summer; it does not conceptualise summer; it undergoes summer. In the same way we undergo the presence of God in our lives. And when we do, we see the fruit of it.
As I have been mulling over Loreto Day and who we are as a Loreto community, the identity we are celebrating today, I thought of this story of the fig tree. And I thought of all those Loreto women – from Mary Ward to the sisters today – whose lives have borne witness to the presence of God.
Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator