Today I participated in a leadership conference with all CISVA principals and our Superintendent’s office. We are normally offsite for 3 days for this conference, but it was reduced to one virtual day this year. The theme of the conference was Care for Self, Care for Others, and focused heavily on mental health through the theme of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Each day we must decide to be Good Samaritans or indifferent bystanders when we encounter a person who is suffering. Today, particularly, the level of suffering is significant. Taken from Fratelli Tutti of the Holy Father Pope Francis – Jesus trusts in the best of the human spirit; with the parable of the Good Samaritan, he encourages us to persevere in love, to restore dignity to the suffering, and to build a society worthy of the name. All of us can relate to the Good Samaritan, the passerby, the robber, and the wounded man. Who will we be drawn to be more like?
In this coming second week of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. May we continue to keep that hope in our hearts for the days ahead.
Yours in faith,