“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
James explains that we must encounter difficulties in order to attain good qualities. COVID 19 has taught us how to be perseverant, patient, grateful and many other noble qualities.
These qualities make us better patricians and equip us to endure future hardships in our lives and become the best versions of ourselves that God created us to be. The crux of this reading is that there is joy in bad things and God places adversity before us to strengthen our faith and appreciation for Him.
Although none of us like going through hard times, this pandemic has reminded us that we are very privileged people and that often we take the little things for granted. So as we go back to school it’s important we implement the qualities we’ve obtained from lockdown and continue to do the MAHI and sustain the brotherhood that distinguishes St Pat’s from other schools.
Christian Stenhouse – Tutor Leader
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for all the health care workers and essential workers who have put themselves at risk for the common good. We are also appreciative of our government who have made the necessary decisions to ensure the safety of everyone. For all those that have died due to COVID 19, we pray for Your mercy on their souls and ask that You grant them eternal peace. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.