As a first year principal, I have felt the year go by very fast! Because I became principal & my wife & I welcomed our third child in September, this school year has definitely brought many new challenges & opportunities for me professionally, personally, & spiritually. Professionally, it has challenged me to grow as a leader in keeping STM focused on living out her mission of teaming up with parents to form our students as Christ’s disciples. Personally, it has helped me to focus on my vocation as a husband & father for my wife & three children in ensuring that I am making them my primary vocation in leading them to Heaven. Spiritually, God has truly called me out to “deeper waters” in asking me to trust Him with even more. I thought I was putting my trust in Him with a lot of things in my life, but I have realized that I can trust even more. As someone who wants to tackle everything head on & take charge, God has really called me to step back & realize I cannot do it all on my own, but need to trust in His Grace & strength & let Christ guide & help make those burdens of everyday life “sweet & light” (Mt 11:28-30).
With this, it is exciting to see where the Lord is calling me & The High School of St. Thomas More. We have hope and confidence in the ways the Lord is working at STM. To have confidence is having the virtue “to believe in yourself, your team and the hard work you have put in to achieve your goals. A confident team is tough to beat because they do not beat themselves before the competition with negativity and self-doubt. You carry yourself different when you are CONFIDENT and that makes a big difference.” The storms and challenges may come our way as a Catholic School in a world who rejects our values and Faith. Together we can overcome those challenges in order to achieve our goals in hopes of growing our school. But with confidence and hope in the Lord especially through Prayer and the Sacraments (esp. Reconciliation & The Eucharist) we are renewed and can soar to new heights at STM. “They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Next year we will begin year two of our STM Family System. This will help to bring our STM community of students & staff even closer as we build relationships across grade levels, leadership amongst students, fellowship among students & staff, & teamwork through the spirit of humble competition. The students and teachers found their new housemates at the “STM Scavenger Hunt” and are excited to welcome the Class of 2021 into their houses in August. All we can do now is put our future in the Lord’s hands & trust that He will lead us to where we need to be. It is my hope that we at The High School of St. Thomas More can hope to hear the Master say to us “Well done, my good & faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy” (Mt 25:24).
Lord, help us to trust in You more. We have no reason to fear if You are with us. You know all things and You can do all things. Nothing is impossible for You. You are our Captain and our best Teammate. Help us to grow in CONFIDENCE in You this week by reflecting on all the blessings we have received in life.