“The future does have a name…and its name is hope.”
Already this term the College has come together to celebrate the word of God. Firstly, we took to the Cathedral and Fr Brian celebrated Mass with us. Then last week the College came together again to celebrate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Father reminded the students that this celebration marked the beginning of a time of preparation, time to reflect and pray, time to focus on improving ourselves and on giving hope. This time marks our preparation for Easter and all it brings to us and in the words of Pope Francis, it brings hope.
Hope is all around us. Working in a school like Mount Carmel, hope is often in the eyes of the students. Our students wonder at how they can make a difference to the world around them – whatever the issue might be. They see an issue and think about ways to resolve it. They are not constrained by any limitations. They delve, ask questions and consider responses. They are inspired by each other, by the women who studied at the College before them and the staff who work alongside them. At the recent International Women’s Day Breakfast, held at Fahan for the Alliance schools, a staff member shared with me the extraordinary experience of turning up at the hospital to find that everyone she came into contact with, from the admitting nurse to the registrar and the supervising doctor, were Old Scholars from Mount Carmel. Old Scholars in fields of medicine, law, finance, research and human services just to name a few. Last night, Guilford Young College celebrated their Commendation Evening and amongst the names of students being commended were a number of Mount Carmel Old Scholars. Hope is all around us, in the generation of students which follow us. Hope is in the smiles of those we meet, the kind words that we use to talk with one another and the care we show all. This Lent, be an expression of hope for all those you meet.