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A Reflection from our
Pastor, Fr Greg Moses
The Many Faces of the Wild Spirit of the Living God
The Holy Spirit is mostly associated with times when we are most enthusiastic, filled with the Spirit, often times of joy and energy and things moving forward. Like at the first Pentecost or World Youth Day or in the context of Charismatic Renewal or major liturgies in the parish. But I wondered during the week if the Spirit might be working the hardest among us or just as hard when things are not so energetic. For example, when She stops us biting people's heads off at the end of a long day when we are close to utter exhaustion, enables us to sustain something like normality in our human interactions until we can get the rest we need, and then restores us slowly to confidence in the power of the "still, small voice", the sound of a gentle breeze that we sometimes experience ourselves as being - just like in the story of Elijah.
Our experience of the Spirit starts in creation, as in Genesis, or in the great story told by the sciences (which I was first introduced to by Mons. Mullins about fifty years ago, and which you find in the stained glass of our cathedral). But it is not just the wild Spirit of strong winds and earthquakes and pillars and tongues of fire and nebulae and exploding stars. It is also the Spirit of little things, equally wild in its own way, of the turtles bobbing their heads out of the water and lizards making their way into the water, of ducks skimming the top, and flocks of birds and the unbelievable cloud formations overhead, and the more gentle Spirit of the still small voice and of the Spirit coming down on Jesus like a dove, gently like a dove though powerfully just the same, driving him into the wilderness and then back into Galilee.
But this is a Spirit who has spoken through the prophets, not just in creation, and in this Wa Ruah Elohim takes another turn yet, the Spirit of the Dream whose implementation is inaugurated with Jesus, Good News for the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind, to set the downtrodden free... The Spirit at work in Nature sometimes projects an aspect of neutrality, almost too Wild, almost too much a God who makes the sun to rise and rain to fall on just and unjust alike.
Read the full reflection in the latest
Welcome to Mount St Bernard College where we offer a quality, Catholic
secondary education for young people, male and female, in Years 8 thru 12.
At MSB we are proud of our Mercy traditions, while remaining responsive to the contemporary needs of students who seek a faith-based education that will stand them in good stead for the future.
Our College is a culturally diverse community which provides a holistic education that nurtures the academic, spiritual, emotional, physical, cultural and social development of individual students in a caring, safe and supportive environment. At MSB we recognise the individuality of every one of our students. We seek to help each student become the best person they can be, by providing quality learning and teaching and making available a rich tapestry of sporting, artistic and other co-curricular activities, to help them discover and develop their personal giftedness.
I invite you to visit or contact our school and talk with our leadership team about an educational partnership that will launch your childwell into the future with a strong academic foundation based on Christian values. In the words of our school motto; “Let your light shine!”
Br Bill Tynan
In the News at MSB
Recent pleasing events have been Masses in each of the dormitories with smaller groups. A highlight has been Deacon Ralph
sharing stories from his parents' lives of 50 years ago, Palm Island and other experiences -some being Australia's sad
Congratulations to those selected in Peninsula sports teams so far this year:
Matilda competed at the Volleyball State Titles this week as did Jack for Touch Football. Mary-Anne
has recently been to Brisbane and joined the Peninsula Volleyball team to compete at State level. Anna and Derek will both compete at Peninsula trials on Friday 24th May for Cross Country.
Congratulations to you all.
Australian Defence Force ~ Indigenous Study Tour
Over the Easter School holidays Mary-anne and Leilanie had the opportunity
to experience life as an Officer Cadet with the Australian Defence Force.
15 students from across Australia were selected to attend the Indigenous Student Study
Tour in Canberra over four fun filled, army styled days.
The girls were flown to Canberra and had a first-hand look at
what life would be like living at the Australian Defence Force Academy. This included a tour of the
university and lunch in the dining hall. The students had the chance to attempt the ADFA obstacle
course suspended over a 25m pool. Not every student completed the suspended course, but every
student came out soaking wet as they fell over three metres into the water! The full article can be read in our latest MSB Messenger.
I would like to commend Mary-anne and Leilanie, two students from MSB who took an opportunity and experienced it fully
whilst being respectful young women who did our school proud.
Please refer to the latest newsletter for more news and photos....