November 18, 2016
The final of the three components required to have authentic loyalty in a community is purpose. At CBS, that purpose can be distilled into very simple language that the Brothers’ themselves have so eloquently articulated for us: “the human and Christian education of the young.” At the risk of being redundant from past reflections, our purpose is extremely clear: providing students with the skillset for and means of success in their lives on earth while at the same time forming them in the Gospel values centered upon Jesus Christ in order to procure their eternal salvation.
Mr. Kane suggests that there are three characteristics necessary in order to create a sense of purpose: 1.) vision, 2.) fellowship, and 3.) commitment.
As an organization, we must work hard to ensure that not only do we have a vision but also that that vision has been openly and systematically outlined to the community. Our vision is one in which students excel academically, yearn for challenge and independence, learn necessary life skills, explore and participate in a variety of activities, understand the importance of their fellow man, recognize their role within their community, promote the values of the school through their own behavior, and are prominent witnesses to the example of Jesus Christ.
Fellowship is deeper than simply an association of like-minded people. Instead, it is a commitment to one another as members of that association and a commitment to the values and success of the group as a whole. Fellowship requires a deep understanding of each individual’s unique roles and gifts within the community. It requires the understanding that each of is flawed by our very nature as human beings and that because of, not in spite of, those flaws, we bond together and are bound together by common goals and a mutually understood vision, which is at the very center of what creates the fellowship to begin with.
Lastly, without our commitment to the vision and the fellowship, we have merely abstract ideas and concepts. Via our commitment, we legitimize and concretize the vision and the fellowship.
Thanks to Mr. Kane for his wisdom on what it means to build a community of authentic loyalty and thanks to you for your commitment to build the Kingdom of God at Christian Brothers School.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a restful break!