natesmountain (natesmountain) wrote,

Life, love, peace and creation...

Mercy Day is tomorrow, a big celebration at our college. We have to dress up. We're a Mercy college, founded by the Sisters of Mercy. That means I get to run a liturgy for the school in the morning, and final prayers in the afternoon. And you might think faith isn't any big deal, but the girls take liturgies pretty seriously, and actually look for meaning in it. Our Head Girl asked me today if I could play the World Youth Day song so I've got to add that to my powerpoint (which is about refugees - our money this year is going to the Refugee Family Reunification Trust).

Today some of my Year 11s ran liturgies in class as a leadership assessment I am offering them. We had one on peace, one on creation and one on love. Funny thing was, the class next door was playing a good game (it's end of term)- you have two people blindfolded in the circle and the first one to find the piece of newspaper on the floor rolls it up and tries to 'get' the other blind person! - and they were being quite loud. I didn't mind too much but one of my students, who is a really tough cookie, left the room for a few minutes, and I found out later (in the staffroom at lunchtime) that she'd gone next door to ask them to be quieter!!! I had had no idea! I thought she'd gone to the loo!

And it was cool, one of my girls, who is really quiet in class normally, stood up to lead her liturgy and started asking the girls when they pray, and why, and did they pray for things, and did they pray afterwards, and I was just amazed, she rarely says anything out loud. Yesterday, another super-reserved girl in my other Year 11 class brought in her own laptop and had made a really good powerpoint about life for her liturgy!! It's quite miraculous, how the power of wielding a bible and prayer book, with candles and wishing stones on the table, combined with the lure of two more credits can give people the courage to get on with the task!

And peace, life, love, so important to us all, huh.
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