“Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them…For as long as you are green, you can grow.” – Mother Teresa
I have always believed that God puts in our path what we need, when we need it. Most of the time we don’t even realize what He has done for us, but every now and then, we are blessed with the realization that He had a hand in our lives. Such is the case with my experience with Mother Teresa
Last year for Mother’s Day, my family gave me the book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta (author Mother Teresa, and Brian Kolodiejchuk). Before reading the book and reading Mother Teresa’s own personal writings and letters, I truly didn’t know much about her life other than the good works she did for the poor. I did remember my parents speaking about going to see Mother Teresa at the Cajundome when I was younger and about walking out of the presentation and seeing such a bright and beautiful rainbow in the sky. My father was a quietly religious man, but was so touched by his experience of seeing and listening to Mother Teresa that he spoke with us often about it. After receiving and reading this book, I now have a better understanding of what my parents experienced and have been called to use Mother Teresa’s life as an example for us to emulate this school year as we have focused on the “dedicated to serving others” portion of our SLS mission. She was a true exemplar of working for the Lord with love. That “working with love” attitude has been our focus this year at SLS.
When reflecting on my personal goals for SLS, the above noted Mother Teresa quote wraps up my entire philosophy of what we are called to be and called to do at SLS. We want everyone to be happy and loving with the corners of our mouths turned up. We strive to set loving examples of how to speak with one another with low, persuasive tones and expect the same from all of our stakeholders. We all need to talk less and listen more in order to be teachable, for there is much for each of us to learn regardless of our age or level of education. We need to laugh at the funny moments in our lives and we need to be able to share our personal stories with others. It is when we are as green as a freshly sprouted plant that we are able to grow and learn the most.
Just as God has not given up on us as His children, He knows that we are a work in progress and He is proud of all the good we have done in His name and our growing closer to the cross. So, too, is the same with SLS. Over the past 50+ years, we have worked to develop this school from its mission school beginning to becoming a highly competitive and sought-after institution of Catholic learning. We are proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved over this time, but realize that we cannot rest on our laurels. We are still green and can grow. We are a work in progress and we are dedicated to investing the time and committing the energy to continue the work of those that came before us. Just as Mother Teresa loved this world and worked for the Lord by sharing love, we cherish this school and will continue to do God’s work with that blessed love.
Kimberly Gothreaux, Principal
The whole purpose of religious education, whether in Catholic Schools or in any of the many parish Religious Education Programs, is to help people, especially our young people, meet the Lord. While doctrine and methodology are important and necessary, while training and expertise are indispensable, nothing worthwhile will ever come about if our own faith-life is shallow, superficial or unreal. Nothing of any consequence will be accomplished if people do not see our Catholic Schools and church parishes as communities of believers who love the Lord and love, support and strengthen one another.
Very Reverend Monsignor Robie Robichaux