In his great sermon on the mount, Jesus challenges us with an astonishing ambition, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) At first hearing this seems impossible: how could we be perfect as God is perfect? But this is to miss the point. Jesus understands that what we all desire is to be the best we can be. We don’t set out to fail, mess up, miss the mark, and be mediocre! We aspire to be perfect. Jesus says, if you want to be perfect, try to be perfect in a different way, in the way God is perfect – by the strength of your faith, love, hope, compassion. At St Mary’s we propose a way of talking about and taking practical steps to be the best we can be – the better, the greater, the deeper and more authentic version of ourselves, to which God gently but persistently calls you if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. (Mark 8:18)
Let your light shine
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
God wants to fill you with his grace and courage so that you can go out into the world and let your light shine.
Focus: you have the perfect personality and talents to fulfill the mission God is entrusting to you.
Act: which of these traits most prevents you from letting your light shine? Fear, comparing yourself to others, an unwillingness to move beyond your comfort zone, self-doubt, excuses.
Pray: Jesus, I want to live my life with joy. Give me the courage to let my light shine, do good works, and give you glory.
The Lord gives each of us a vocation, a challenge to discover the talents and abilities we possess and to put them at the service of others”
St Mary’s Pupil Profile
Pupils in St Mary’s are growing to be . . .
Grateful for their gifts of the Holy Spirit, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day.
Generous with their gifts, becoming good citizens for others.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially those most in need.
Loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Honest in what they say of themselves and what they say to others.
Wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about the world around them and to be active in the life of the school, the church and the wider community.
Hopeful for themselves and the world, changing what they can for the better.
We plant a seed that will one day grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
Saint Oscar Romero