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"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast what is good…Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." - Romans 12: 9, 12
My junior year of college, I decided that this passage was going to be my Bible verse for the year. I wrote it in my old journal, and I unearthed it a few weeks ago. I don't remember if I reflected on it much throughout that year, but I am pretty impressed with my college-self for choosing this verse anyway. It still stirs my heart, and I think it’s a perfect verse for the start of the new school year at Cor Jesu. I am a little amazed that we somehow made it through the last school year and are back together again. After such a difficult year, much of my reflection and prayer about going back to school has focused on my vocation as a teacher, specifically at Cor Jesu.
"How am I sharing the love of the Heart of Christ in my classroom? Am I being a model of virtue to my students? What do my students truly need, and am I doing enough?"
But as Romans 12:9 says, "Let love be genuine." Thankfully, Christ is my consolation. I am already a living witness of the Charism just by the fact that I chose to teach at my Alma Mater. Christ has it handled--I just need to love my students the best that I can. He will take care of the rest.
I also love the line from the verse that says, "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation." Although this year will still bring a lot of uncertainty and new challenges, we have many reasons to rejoice and to hope. I am especially excited for our First Friday Masses this year. Our school community has been patient throughout this last year and a half. We have had some completely virtual Masses. We have also been able to have half of the school together. This year, I am hopeful that we will soon be able to come together as an entire school community to celebrate and worship. Our Charism thrives when we can be in community with each other. I can only imagine the celebration that we will have and the joy that will be in the building. How much more meaningful is our time together now that we know what it's like to go without? Thankfully, Christ walks alongside us in our patience and our hope--the hope of new friendships, challenges, insights and all the rest that a new year brings.
Dear God, Thank you for the gift of our school community: our parents, alumnae, students, faculty, and staff. We thank you for pouring out Your heart with love to our friends and family. Help us to love those around us with genuine care and concern. Teach us to keep our eyes fixed to you amidst the darkness that can be all around us. Be with us as we hope for the future and be our constant companion as we strive to share the love of Your Heart.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in your love for me.
Blessed Clelia, Pray for us.
- Julie Schneier Hubbard ‘12, CJA alumna and faculty member