Our Board Theme
Our theme draws its inspiration first from Scripture. In the Old Testament, God tells us clearly: “I am the Lord your God. I am holy, so you must be holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) This message is repeated in the New Testament, where we are reminded by Peter of our call to holiness: “As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
The theme was also inspired by Saint Pope Paul II when he stated, “Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” In addition, Pope Francis stated in 2013, “Do not be afraid of holiness, do not be afraid to aim high, to be loved and purified by God, do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to holiness and holiness does not consist especially in doing extraordinary things, but in allowing God to act in us and through us.”
Finally, we draw inspiration from Saint Mother Teresa who states, “All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So, let’s be saints and so give glory to the Father.”
Our theme will bring to life our Board’s vision: Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, we transform the world with justice and peace through Catholic education. Our theme is a personal call to be inspired and transformed within our intimate relationship with Jesus, and at the same time to move outside of ourselves to acts of love where we respond to the call to let Jesus inspire and transform others, through us.
Each year will be a balance of contemplation and action – the two feet of evangelization – like the heart and head of holiness. Continuous reflection on God’s presence in our lives along with revitalization at the well of Scripture and Eucharist, counter balanced by recognition of the needs of others; our response to these immediate needs and our responsibility to go deeper into the issues where we can address the underlying systemic challenges. Through this process we will make lasting changes within ourselves; our neighbours, our communities and the world.
Pope Francis reminds us, “To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.” He calls us to “Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation. Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.
We are all extremely excited to experience the joy of loving hearts working together to grow in holiness.
Yours in Catholic education,
Director of Education