The 8th grade had their religion retreat at Subiaco Retreat Center, a Benedictine monk house. There they spent the day in prayer, meditation, reconciliation and reflection while attending mass and having some fun as well!
Last Wednesday, Mr. Peace made his 2nd Visit to Our Lady of Refuge School.
This year Mr. Peace, following up on our school theme of BE KIND, spoke to all students in grade K-8th. Mr. Peace emphasized the need to treat everyone like you treat your best friend and that recognizing them for their heart is crucial, along with realizing how one word or action (positive or negative) can change a life forever.
He gave video examples of Duteronomy 11:12-14 as well as many others. Recognizing that the lines etched on the palms of our hands reveal the letter ‘M’, which stands for ‘Miracle’; inverted the other way, ‘W’, which stands for ‘Worthy’. His talk emphasized how each person is unique and reinforces respecting everyone’s differences both inside and out.
The world needs more human kindness, and we begin to accomplish this by appreciating those around us when we show them unconditional love, compassion, understanding & empathy.
I would like to thank Lisa Berkley and the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition for providing Mr. Kevin Szawada (A.K.A. Mr. Peace) to us.
Margie McElyea, S.C., N.C.C.