Our prayer service consisted of an opening prayer, praying Psalm 139 monastic style, the gospel passage on letting our light show, a reflection by me (see below), intentions, and a final prayer. Following this, a number of teachers offered words of wisdom:
Mr. Bielik of our math department
Mrs. Brewitt '90, our academic coach
Ms. Byron of our social studies department
Mr. Martinez of our science department
Ms. Waldrupe of our English department
Each of us focused on something different but all pertained to faith in God, living live to the fullest, failure, curveballs life throws us, etc. Before Mr. Bielik spoke, the students presented a slideshow on his years at Trinity as he will be leaving us after this year to enter the Peace Corps with his wife.
Following the teacher's reflections, we opened up the floor to the students for over an hour. This is an opportunity for them to say some final words to their classmates. Some of the students really open up and there were plenty of tears! I had to get up a few times to bring over napkins (I couldn't find any tissues). We then wrapped up the morning in the upper Church with a final flourish that had even the biggest and toughest boys reduced to tears, it's a great way to cap the day.
Then that evening the class enjoyed their prom and I was honored to say grace before we ate.
Here is my reflection from the morning:
Abraham Lincoln was never baptized, never joined a church, and rarely mentioned Jesus. His widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, once remarked after his death, “He was a religious man always but he was not a technical Christian.” He did go to church services on occasion in Washington. On one of those occasions, President Lincoln listened intently to the sermon. After leaving church, the president was asked by his secret service guard, “What did you think of the sermon, Mr. President?” Lincoln paused and said with obvious hesitation, “It was...good.” The guard inquired, “You didn’t like it?” to which Abraham Lincoln responded, “He never asked us to do something great.”
- Today’s scripture reading from Matthew’s gospel about letting your light shine
- Your senior candles which you will receive next week
- The candles you will light at the end of your Baccalaureate Mass on June 9