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“Love one another as I love you.” How do we do that? It seems to me that we come to people with a love which we ourselves have experienced from others. The love we feel for others has come from somewhere else. It was placed within us by those who loved us first. Who are those people who loved us first and taught us about love? The first people who come to my mind are my parents, and on this Mother’s Day weekend, I focus upon my mother and all the acts of love which she showed, and continues to show, to me.
Besides loving me, my mom has given me many things, including the gift of my faith. She is a model of perseverance, selflessness and generosity. She has modeled to me that when we give ourselves to others, when we share our talents, when we sacrifice for another person, we
are keeping the commandment, “Love one another as I love you.”
When I think about this commandment, I also find myself reflecting upon the mission we have within our Catholic school. To teach our students how to love one another - those whom we like, those who get on our nerves, those who are different from us - this is the call and challenge of this commandment. At St. Patrick School, we hope that we lead our students to be welcoming and accepting of all whom they meet. We encourage them to see Jesus Christ in each person they meet – something that is not always easy for me to do –and to be open to His working and His presence in our lives. This is a great responsibility, but it is also a wonderful privilege and honor. Thank you for supporting us in this mission of Catholic education – we hope we make you proud!
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, living and deceased. May they continue to enlighten, protect and guide us.
- Ms. Patricia O’Donnell, MEd., Principal