The Cathedral Connection 7 October 2018

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Last month I spoke with a group of our Catholic Primary School principals.  They had asked me to help reinforce their role as guides and guardians of the Catholic Character of our schools.  It occurs to me that much of what I shared with them applies to everyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Under six headings we explored the identity of someone promoting the Catholic Character.  Here they are.  Check them against your own understanding of what it means to be a Catholic Christian.

  • A witness to Gospel values – you can only be credible if you are joyful. Joyfulness springs from thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving opens you to compassion.
  • A servant leader – does not sit easily with the secular model of leadership. Leadership that is respected comes from the gift of self.
  • A midwife – bringing Jesus to birth in all your relationships. You are called to nurture life: act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God. [Micah 6:8]
  • A team person – open to dialogue and working together with others. Positive collaboration recognises the gifts in each person.
  • A pilgrim – a person of hope, living with the conviction that our lives are going somewhere. Hope is wildly ambitious.
  • A parish person – while principals are encouraged to work closely with the local parish, parishioners should not separate their personal lives from their parish connection. “Owning” your parish gives life to both parish and school.

Fr James

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