On Sunday, September 4, in Rome Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonised. It is wonderful that such a humble and giving woman who has lived in recent times will be named a saint. I wonder did you know that she spent the first years of her vocation as a Loreto (IBVM) Sister? Mother Teresa was born in Albania and in 1928 she joined the Loreto sisters and moved to Rathfarnam Abbey in Ireland. She was inspired by the charism of Mary Ward and wanted to follow in her footsteps to support the poor of the world. Upon taking her final vows she was sent to India, specifically Calcutta, as it was known then, to live her ministry. When she was there she worked with the Loreto schools with the children of the streets – the Rainbow children, supporting them and their families to gain an education and live a life with just a small amount of comfort and love away from their life of squalor on the streets. From there she knew that she must live amongst the ‘Untouchables” as they were known and to ‘serve those who were the poorest and to care for the destitute’. She commenced the order known as the Missionaries of Charity an Order of Nuns that now spans the world. What an inspirational figure she is. Years ago when travelling with our Loreto students to India in 2006 we saw the incredible work of the IBVM and the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata and Darjeeling. What amazing women these sisters are who devote their life to work with the poorest of the poor. When we see Mother Teresa honoured this weekend with sainthood let us pray especially for those who live in poverty still today and also for those that are brave enough to see the face of Jesus in those they care for in such difficult circumstances just as Mother Teresa did in her life.
Just as Mother Teresa moves to sainthood apparently the Venerable Mary Ward may also be made a saint in the coming years. In the coming week each student and family will receive a brochure giving information about her incredible life and devotion to God’s work as well as a means to pray for her sainthood. We know Mary Ward is a person we draw great strength from in our daily lives so it is only fitting that she, 400 years after her death may too be considered for sainthood.
Congratulations to Olivia Bartram Year 12 for her involvement in the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam. The team she rowed with for Australia finished 11th place in the world. How incredible. A great achievement for Olivia and also for the Rowing Squad here at Loreto Normanhurst which she was part of over her years at the school.
Congratulations also to Eliza (Year 6) and Dominique (Year 9) Rossell who represented Loreto Normanhurst in the recent NSW ACT Interschool Snowsports Competition. Both girls have qualified for the Australian Championships at Perisher. We wish them every success. Congratulations to Juliet Lahood (Year 8) who won gold at the Sports Taekwondo National Championships recently which means she is now the National Champion for her age and weight division. Juliet has also been selected to represent Australia at the Oceania TKD Championships in Fiji at the end of November. Well done Juliet. Congratulations also to Erika White (Year 7) who recently achieved 2nd Place in the Twohand at the State Irish Dancing Competition.
We wish all our fathers at the school a very happy Fathers’ Day. We had a wonderful weekend of celebration last weekend with the Dinner and Eucharist. I hope all of our Dads are surrounded by love this Sunday.
Prayer of Mother Teresa
Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance
everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours.
It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching,
not by words, but by our example;
by the catching force –
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins