New ways to experience community

One thing is certain – we all miss each other at NDA! I have heard this countless times from students, faculty, staff and our dear SND’s on the 4th floor! It is a blessing to see each other virtually on Google Meet, but certainly not the same as being in the school building together every day. Social media has been a saving grace in many ways but can’t replace the energy and camaraderie of our daily interactions at school – in the hallways, classrooms, auditorium, cafeteria, gym, library, theater and even the crazy parking lot at the end of the day!

There are few small things we can do to help us with that and today was a great example. Several of our faculty and staff did a drive by greeting with the sisters on the 4th floor. Yes, we miss them too and they miss us – so we drove in our individual cars through the parking lot and around the circle as the sisters all stood a safe distance away. Sharing signs, waving and blowing horns and kisses – it proved to be a rather joyous occasion. You can see a bit of it on the video here – enjoy!

We are finding news ways to experience community and show support for one another in these difficult days. They are proving fruitful in many ways not the least of which is appreciating the basic needs we have for each other and the simple ways we can share that. The sisters pray for us all the time! Let us all keep one another in prayers of petition and gratitude!

Embracing Father,
You grace each of us with equal measure in your love.
Let us learn to love our neighbors more deeply,
so that we can create
peaceful and just communities.
Inspire us to use our creative energies
to build the structures we need
to overcome the obstacles
of intolerance and indifference.
May Jesus provide us the example needed
and send the Spirit to warm our hearts for the journey.
Amen

—from Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice

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