If there’s one thing that defines a high school setting during the summer, it’s change! Anyone on campus could tell you that there is plenty of moving and rearranging going on—all in preparation for a new school year.
That is certainly the case for me this summer, as I get ready to begin a new assignment at Catholic Memorial. With change and newness comes a great deal of excitement, but it can also be very challenging. Leaving familiarity and moving into the unknown isn’t exactly easy. But as much as change might be difficult to embrace, it’s also good for us, particularly in the spiritual life.
In order to grow, one must undergo a change. It is a sign of spiritual stagnancy if we are simply clinging to what is comfortable and familiar. If we are not constantly striving for something greater, allowing the Lord to transform us in the process, we are placing ourselves in great spiritual danger. The path to holiness is a long process of transformation—and one that is never complete in this life. It is a process of constantly allowing the Lord to purify, transform, and even sometimes destroy certain areas of our life. Much like a school setting, which is constantly in need of tearing down and building up, so our souls are always in need of the same.
As Catholic Memorial High School prepares for a new school year, I invite you, in prayer, to ask the Lord what might be in need of renewal, and to put away the old self so as to put on the new self, “created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Have a safe and happy summer, everyone!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Fr. John Gibson
Catholic Memorial High School Chaplain