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This last Monday, I was able to assist with the freshman retreat by serving as one of the group leaders. At the end of the day, each small group reflected on the image of the people of God as members of one body (1 Cor 12:12-27). Being with this group of freshmen allowed me to see the experience of being a new Friar through their eyes. This opportunity was humbling for me and I am grateful for their own reflections on this passage. What impacted me from this passage was St. Paul’s phrase that “the parts...have the same concern for one another.” Recognizing the giftedness of each person in the BL community implies that we show care and concern for the well-being of one another, now more than ever, during our constant vigilance against COVID.
In the midst of daily and, some days, hourly updates regarding COVID, it is easy to become consumed by these updates. At BL, each new update sets into motion a new round of meetings, planning, and consultation with experts in various fields so that we can keep our community both safe and functional. Our attentiveness to evolving conditions and expert guidance is crucial for us to safely and effectively deliver on the mission of Bishop Lynch to the young men and women entrusted to our care.
“The world, the very world in which we live, the human world... is the setting of an ongoing exchange of gifts – gifts given and received in many different ways. People live not only alongside one another, but also in manifold relationships. They live for each other; relating to one another, they are brothers and sisters, wives and husbands, friends, teachers, students ... It may seem that there is nothing extraordinary in this; it is just the normal pattern of human life. In certain places, this pattern intensifies, and it is there, at those points of ‘intensification,’ that this gift of one person for another becomes most real” (Acta Apostolicae Sedis 98, no.8 [4 August 2006]: 628-38)
As I have been reflecting on the passage above from Saint John Paul II’s “A Meditation on Givenness,” I am truly appreciating the exchange of gifts that make up our community especially considering the obstacles that we are choosing to overcome to be together again. Typically, in September, we are already hitting our full stride on the journey of a new school year. Today, I am still reveling in the glow of what seems like daily “first-day of school” experiences as I have been greeted by the (assumed) smiling faces of our students, faculty and staff during this phase of returning to in-person learning. The fruits of our community are tangible in the responses I hear when I ask those whom I encounter about their level of comfort and joy about returning to this “pattern” of connectedness and accompaniment.
Our capacity to come together and the choice to be accountable to one another, are the best opportunities that we have at making a difference for the common good and the restoration of the experience of community. Our continued call is to recognize how the gift of self and the gift of other must be shared to fully participate in God’s plan for creation. We have been tasked now, in this new paradigm, to consider increased safety and cooperation in order to continue in this plan to rekindle the fires of community. As we journey further into our plans and hone our mastery of new protocols, it is so important that we remember what is at stake. We must use everything in our capacity to care for self and others. Embracing this deeper sense of personal accountability is necessary as we learn more each day about what we need to do to keep this human exchange of gifts open for the good of all.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963