January 10, 2012

MISSION MATTERS: Resolutions Redux

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By Fr. Paul Stark, S.J.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry

So, 10 days into our fresh new year: How about those resolutions? Are you going stronger or do you need a boost in your resolve to maintain your resolutions? Firmness of heart and focus of spirit, according to St. Ignatius, help us maintain the good direction we desire as we begin again.

Direction overcoming division can be its own resolution, helping us as individuals, and as a University community, refocus our desires, recommit to our Mission, redirect our energies. The new semester gives us all a chance to take a deep breath, to renew our resolve, to forge ahead with firmness of purpose.

As we prepare for the students to return next week and our "normal" routine to resume, whether we have direct student contact or not, we can pray for our students, pray for ourselves and refocus our desires on the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity, however we incarnate that in our division, department, office or class.

We all share the same Mission; we all have the opportunity and the obligation to give the Mission flesh in our lives, to help it live among us as an organic reality. We all are blessed in many ways, and can share those blessings with colleagues, students, friends, family members, people who serve us, people we pass on the SLU mall or in our buildings.

We are blessed...pass it on...

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