Alum Chris Landry '06 delivered the Chapel talk to the gathering of our eighth graders, alumni who are currently in high school, and faculty and staff. Chris, a graduate of Regis and currently a first-year medical student at Columbia, focused his talk on the uniqueness of a Saint David's education.
He noted the value in such an exam question, which asks the student to really think and connect what he is learning in a discipline to bigger issues or values. He also observed how rare it is for schools and other institutions to place such values at their core; and that our school-wide theme for this year deliberate moral introspection is a call "to look inward and also outward." This entails reflection on "the aspects of ourselves that are good and what's not so good, what could be made better," so that "ultimately we make ourselves and others better." For as Chris observed, what is of most importance is not the major goals achieved in a life, but how we live our daily lives: "Every moment of your life matters."
To top off a wonderful evening, Teacher Tom Ryan announced that this year our boys collected enough food during our Thanksgiving Food Drive to pack a record 252 boxes for delivery this morning.
As we enter this Holiday Season, and with each successive year, I find myself growing ever more grateful and appreciative of our collective blessings.
We are fortunate to be surrounded by boys who thirst to learn, moms and dads who strive to nurture, teachers who yearn to inspire, a community that commits to those in need, and a mission that encourages boys to aspire to be good men.
I have come to realize that life is a gift. It’s important to live it, enjoy it, celebrate it, and fulfill it and most important of all, we are to be thankful for it.