I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paint Me Community

Community looks like teachers and students walking up and down hallways,
sticking student artwork with masking tape and posting it to the wall.
It looks like helping hands and thumbs up signs,
pats on the back and smiles.

That's what community looks like.

The hallway rings with thank-yous and laughter,
as teachers hum and sing songs
that are stuck in our heads from the spring show.

That's what community sounds like.

Wafts of pizza hit us,
a nice gesture of thanks from the art teacher.
Iced oatmeal and chocolate sandwich cookies
are sweet and crunchy.
The perfect snack.

That's what community smells and tastes like.

It feels just right in that hallway.
No one is cross,
Everyone is helpful,
asking where things go
and what can be done next.

That's what community feels like.

Last night I had the privilege of helping set up the student art show and then attending the spring band/choir concert. It was beautiful to witness so much talent (and talent-in-the-making - think "Music Man" beginning band...and try not to chuckle). I just loved being a part of it.

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