Hildegard was a Benedictine nun and abbess, theologian, composer, physician and herbologist. She was born in 1098 and died in September 1179. She wrote beautiful prayers and poetry that are just as applicable today. She writes,
The soul is like a wind that waves over herbs,
is like the dew that moistens the grass,
is like the rain-soaked air that lets things grow.
In the same way you should radiate kindness
to all who are filled with longing.
Be a wind, helping those in need.
Be a dew, consoling the abandoned.
Be the rain-soaked air, giving heart to the weary.
Filling their hunger with instruction
by giving them your soul…………
……..the glory of God shines in the good works of
so that on earth God is ever more passionately
sought, adored and honoured.
We can intuit so much from flickers of beauty and nature and find that the God of beauty and love is imaged forth.
We give thanks for the time our Year 12 students have had this week to join together in prayer and reflection as part of their retreat. We are grateful to the staff, led by Mrs Julieanne Rasmussen (Assistant Principal Mission), for giving of their time and expertise. I am certain that our families of these young people will bear witness to the positive benefits of this “retreat time”.
Next week St Joseph’s College welcomes a team from the Toowoomba Catholic School’s Office to lead our School Renewal and Improvement Review. This is a time to reflect upon what are the strengths of this College and where are our opportunities for growth. I thank in advance the parents and students who will contribute their thinking to this review. This is a necessary and important undertaking to support the future direction of this College.