God has written a precious book, whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe. From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuing revelation of the divine. To sense each creature singing the hymn of its existence is to live joyfully in God’s love and hope.
Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on Ecology and Climate
In this powerful encyclical, written to everyone on planet Earth, Pope Francis calls each one of us to take up the commitment to creation. One way we can do this is by taking part in Earth Hour next Saturday evening. Earth Hour is one of those seemingly small actions we can take which have a very big impact! Not just the impact of turning off all lights and energy for an hour, but impact on our awareness, our sensitivity. It may just be the reality check we all need – to sharpen our sensitivity to what we can actually do without! Hopefully Earth Hour will lead us to further actions. Think ahead to what you can do, change your plans, invite your friends to join in too. Please join in Earth Hour next week and together let’s make a strong Loreto response to the cry of our Earth.
Ms Kerry McCullough
Dean of Mission
The Malala forum gave students and the wider community an opportunity to not only view the film, but to intellectually and emotionally engage, and reflect, on their viewing. I was fortunate to be the chair person for the panel, and the discussion was extremely enlightening.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality”. Equality amongst society is extremely significant, and whilst society has steadily grown to realise that equality is essential for both personal and societal growth, the restrictions on girls still remain. I asked the panel, what were their thoughts on the restrictions placed on young girls, and are we only able to achieve as much as these restrictions allow us? Even more so, are these restrictions cultural, class based, contextual? Are these restrictions in fact, universal? Sister Libby in response to this question insightfully answered, “Let’s change it from a women issue, to a society issue.” It was Malala who said, “We cannot all succeed, if half of us are held back.” Whilst we can definitely lessen these restrictions and aim to remove them, they won’t disappear overnight (unfortunately!). Thus, we should not wait for the storm to pass, rather, learn to dance in the rain. Just like Malala. Malala did not wait for the threat of extremism to leave her village, instead, she stood up and spoke for the voiceless. This is so important – the belief that an ordinary girl can do extraordinary things.
Education is empowering – it enables us to challenge and question the social norms. To think outside the box. To live. And that is exactly what all human beings should be able to do; to not survive life. But, to live it. To fully experience the world, and the opportunities around them. The right to enhance ourselves. And as Malala said, it only takes ‘one child, one teacher, one book, one pen [to] change the world.’
The audience and panellists went away that night enlightened, enriched and empowered.
Communications and SRC Captain