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Catholic Corner- Friday, June 24th

Catholic Corner – Newsletter – June 24th

At the beginning of my (Ms. Bell) gr. 11 year, my religion teacher introduced our first class by saying, “At the end of the year, I’m going to give each of you two things: 1. Your grade and 2. The secret to life.” We weren’t allowed to ask any questions, but you can imagine how intrigued the class became when they found out someone would finally solve the mystery to the question everyone had been asking themselves…what is my purpose in life? How do I live a free, happy life?

The end of the year came and of course, my teacher gave us our grade; but he also gave us a piece of paper with a poem on it called, Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. The word, “desiderata” is Latin, meaning “things needed or wanted…things desired.”

To a gr. 11, this poem was intense; but now as an adult, reading this back, these words couldn’t be more true.

I wanted to share this poem for our last newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year, as words of encouragement and guidance, especially for our graduating students. It’s a tough world out there. Stay present, keep things simple, be gentle with yourself, and know that Jesus lives in your heart, forever.


Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann.

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its shame, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.”

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever. Amen.


Many Blessings,

Ms. Bell

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