BEYOND THE SHORE … ACROSS THE DEEP … TO THE HORIZON
It’s always challenging to mark Mary Ward Week at the start of Term 1 and then Landing Day as Term 3 commences, and, yet, here we are! This year’s liturgical material focuses on the title and refrain of a new piece of music commissioned by Loreto College Coorparoo for their Evening of Excellence later in the year.
The refrain of the song is very simple:
BEYOND THE SHORE … ACROSS THE DEEP … TO THE HORIZON.
The song’s verses overlay the experiences of the early disciples, Mary Ward, Gonzaga Barry and so many others in their quest to follow Jesus, literally and metaphorically. The words refer to the physical journey undertaken by our ancestors in faith and the forebears of every Australian. The refrain’s multivalent nature can also prompt us toward reflection on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, our spiritual quest for God, goal setting for the second half of the year and even the educational enterprise in general. Isn’t our learning journey so often marked by a movement beyond the familiar ‘shoreline’, across the deep of mess and mystery to a new horizon of thoughts, insights, discoveries, new theories and dreams.
On this Landing Day, let us pray for the Loreto network across Australia, The Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam: Sisters, students and staff of the Province, our Schools, Loreto Ministries, Loreto Timor L’Este, Loreto Vietnam and Mary Ward International Australia.