A Word from Mr. Nunan
Attitude of Gratitude
A couple of Sundays ago, the first reading from the Prophet Habakkuk was exactly the same passage quoted by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, in his powerful TedTalk on “kinship.”For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
If you have not yet seen that TedTalk, I highly recommend it to you again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipR0kWt1Fkc
This past Sunday, we heard the same gospel passage that we hear at Thanksgiving. It is the famous story of the one grateful leper, a Samaritan no less, who returns to Jesus to express his deep gratitude for having been healed.
After watching the presidential debate, after hearing of the damage of Hurricane Matthew, after reading about so many acts of violence in our cities and in countries throughout the world, we all wonder about the “vision” Habbakuk describes. We’re waiting. It seems delayed long enough. Is it really pressing on to fulfillment? When will it come?
Yet, as I sat in Mass on Sunday, listening to the gospel reading, and reflecting on life at Saint Joseph Prep—particularly these last few days—I found myself overwhelmed. Overwhelmed not with doubt or despair… but with joy and hope… and especially with gratitude… with gratitude for so many who make our School what it is. As I prayed after Communion, I was overcome with gratitude, literally deluged with images of people who have gone “above and beyond” for Saint Joseph Prep.
From the folks who put all of our Homecoming and Spirit Week events together—Ms. Griffith, Ms. Mueller, Ms. Woolston, Mr. O’Leary, Mr. Faherty, Mr. Paresi, Ms. Shea, Mr. Shiner, and most especially Ms. McCarvill—to the leaders of Student Council who made the week such a success—officers Sharon King ’17, Hannah Burke ’17, and JoJo Duplan ’17 and the entire team. From the many faculty members who chaperoned the Homecoming Dance to the scores of students who have served as Student Ambassadors, assisting at various admission fairs and classroom visits. From the members of the Student-Athlete Leadership Council who produced such a terrific Spirit Rally on Friday to the many parents who came early and stayed late to make the Homecoming Cookout such a smashing success.
As I looked back on the week, I kept seeing these images of our young women and men doing the right thing. The little things… like “going out” in the dodge-ball games without needing a referee or an official to keep them honest. The big things… like “stepping up” to that Honors or A.P. course, actually requesting a tougher schedule. Whether it was Nacaira Hill-Malloy ’19, who with focus, flair, and passion leads our Cheerleading squad, or Connor Lewis ’18, who after throwing a 4th quarter interception, had the character and grit to make the tackle on the very same play. Whether it was Sharon King ’17, who without any reminders from faculty or staff, had the grace to mention Mr. Macdonald and his upcoming wedding at the end of the Spirit Rally, or Prestly Getant ’18 who quietly, courageously, positively, and even cheerfully makes his way on crutches, recovering from knee surgery. Everywhere I turned, I was inspired.
Thank you. Thank you to everyone in our Saint Joseph Prep Family. Let us all be grateful for the very best part of our School—our people.