The Common Good

“Seek what is good for others and for all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).

We are finishing week three of school at Notre Dame Academy and things are going well so far! That would not be possible without the commitment and contribution of so many. Our faculty, staff and students are all working hard to make the best of all the protocols we have in place to keep NDA a safe and healthy environment to come to school. Key to our success is embracing the idea that we have to take care of ourselves and one another!

This year we are celebrating the 2nd Educational Principle of the Sisters of Notre Dame – the Human Dignity of Each Person as an Image of God. Our school theme, Uniting Humankind as Reflections of God’s Love, is most appropriate for the time in which we find ourselves. This theme reminds us to accept others for the persons God made them to be and to extend our kindness and care to each person we meet. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in many ways – and perhaps most importantly in this fundamental way. We make sacrifices such as wearing masks and social distancing because we know this can mitigate the spread of the virus and that this is the right thing to do for others and for all.

The path to resolving this pandemic is guided by science and our commitment to the common good. The science tells us that the mask is a game changer and our commitment to the dignity of our fellow humans requires that we wear one out of respect for the lives of others and our own. God’s goodness and provident care is certainly at work in our community as rise to the many challenges we are facing.

Of course, these challenges go beyond our school building – to the many homes and communities of our 535 families of NDA. As we head into this Labor Day weekend and all take a break from work and school, we wish our students and families a safe and healthy weekend. Please know that the care that is taken by each of our families contributes to the success of our work at school as we all seek to do what is right for the common good – keeping everyone healthy and safe!

Good and Provident God,

We praise you for the gift of community, the gift of Sisterhood here at Notre Dame Academy.

We thank you for the community in which we work, study and live.

May we use our bonds of sisterhood to bring about peace and justice for all our brothers and sisters uniting us as one HumanKind, made in Your image.

Fill us with Your Spirit so that, as one, we reflect your light and love to each other and to the world.

In Christ’s name, we pray.

Amen.

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