Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,


As we move into the season of Easter it is a time to reflect on the meaning that this special season has for us as Christians.  One theme that I always relate to Easter is the idea of personal responsibility, and taking ownership for our own actions. Owning up for them, atoning for them and moving forward.

I often think of John 8:7 “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”.

How much more simple and equitable life would be if we all lived by this idea.  If we haven’t done anything wrong then we are free to punish others, or in its inverse form if we have sinned then we should  forgive others.

The one simple little ethos that I always spend a lot of time on with the Year 8 RE class is the ‘Golden Rule’ Matthew 7:12, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets”.

If we all lived by these ideas imagine, no violence, no gossip, no thinking the worst of people, no moaning when things don’t go your way—because you wouldn’t want this done to you.

Christ was an inspiration to us all but often we let things get in the way of us doing the right thing.

Our special challenge as parents is to do the right thing, so that we model it for our children.  Its no surprise that children exposed to violence, to gossip, to racism and other social ills at home model these character flaws in their own lives.

The Easter period gives us all a chance to reflect on our Christians values and to attempt to live a life more like Jesus.

Have a great week and a Holy Easter.

Mike Brosnahan, Principal


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