April 1, 2019
Dear Parents and Students,
We live in a world where we will surely have worries and distress. Jesus tells us this in John’s gospel, “In the world you will have hardship but be courageous: I have conquered the world” (John 16:33). Some of these troubles and sufferings come from simply living our lives and are common to everyone. Others are unique to our specific circumstances. Some of our trials and tribulations are internal while others are caused by forces outside of our immediate control. Whatever the struggles are that we face in life, we know that we need hope in order to persevere and live a life of grace and dignity.
In the Book of Hebrews, hope is referred to as “the anchor our souls have, as sure as it is firm, reaching right through inside the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19). What a wonderful image that is for our lives, an anchor giving us certainty and stability in the middle of a storm. But that is what hope does for us and it does more. We can remain faithful by trusting in God through our hardships and pains. Our hope is rooted in our faith in God and helps us to weather the storms of life. This feeling that the events in our lives will turn out for the best enables us to persevere, not only in isolated situations, but also over a lifetime. Without hope, people will give up. As Catholics, we must not only live a life of faith but also live a life sustained by hope.
Take care and God bless,
Mr. David Gallagher