Friday 2 June marked a very special day for Stella with the opening of the Scholastica building.
Excerpt from Principal, Mrs Carnegie’s Newsletter article:
I would like to share with you my vote of thanks and reflections on Scholastica, shared at the Mass this morning:
“To Bishop Peter for celebrating with us, we thank you for marking this event with a beautiful Mass.
To our guests from the local community, representing schools and government at all levels, thank you for bearing witness to today and your support of the College community.
To those who had the imagination and foresight to create a wonderful addition to Main Campus, the Scholastica Building, we give thanks.
To Good Samaritan Education, to the Board, the Building and Resources Committee, to previous principal Vicki Comerford for the shared vision that offers us a building that now showcases the heritage elements of the Chapel and Convent yet offers strong contemporary learning spaces for our girls, we offer our thanks.
To you, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan who continue to inspire and challenge us today and who have gifted us with the College that bears witness to your good work, we thank you.
To you, the Sisters Thank you to those who have prepared today’s Mass. To Ms Chin, to the Performing Arts staff and the staff and students who have sung, played, read and served at the Mass. We appreciate your dedication to the College.”
What does the Scholastica building mean to us today?
Benedict’s sister, Scholastica, dedicated her life to the pursuit of God. She, like her brother, founded a monastic community and became an abbatial figure under the guidance of her brother, Benedict of Nursia. At their last meeting she challenged Benedict, discussing and reflecting on spiritual matters with him. According to the story by St Gregory the Great, Scholastica prayed to God to ensure that Benedict stayed longer in discussion with her, despite his protests that he needed to return to the monastery.
According to Gregory’s story, after a storm rose up, preventing Benedict from leaving, Scholastica said, “I asked you for a favour and you refused. I asked my God and it was granted.”
What does Scholastica’s story tell us?
It tells us that law is never greater than love.
It tells us we should be intent on pursuing the values of life, not simply rules.
It tells us that discipline is necessary in the spiritual life but that religious discipline is not enough, that depth is a process and that depth costs.
It tells us that spiritual friendship is of the essence, everyone needs someone who knows their soul.
It reminds us that we must recognize women, such as Scholastica, as spiritual guides.
(with thanks to Sr Joan Chittister)