Wednesday, 9 January 2008

What Would Jesus Do?

Being Chair of the CATHOLIC school council is a difficult task. I have to keep my personal opinions to myself, which you all must know by now, is NOT one of my strong points. I am passionate in my beliefs, especially when it comes to things that affect children, animals, the elderly, the poor, the oppressed, ANYONE really that can’t defend themselves.

The fact that I am passionate is the reason I ran for Chair in the first place. I wanted to bring the focus of our Council back where it belonged…to the children. Last year, something happened to the School Council. I wasn’t there to witness the events that unfolded, but from hearsay, it was horrible. The Council attacked itself. There was a huge division in the members and by the last meeting of the year, all hell (for lack of a better word) broke loose. I wanted to bring back the unity that a School Council needs to be successful. I ran a teambuilding night, in the hopes that with so many new faces, Council could put its past behind it and move forward. I felt REALLY good about it afterwards, because everyone seemed to have a good time and I got alot of compliments on the activities and on my heartfelt speech…I really should post my speech here, as I am quite proud of it…hmmm…another day.

Anyway, our school has been in the media lately. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to identify anyone involved, but suffice it to say that the media coverage was not wonderful. The school (and the Board) were called to task on an issue that has been ongoing for a long time. Tonight, the School Board Director came to our meeting to try to smooth things over and to assure everyone that we are moving forward. A select group of parents, who haven’t been to any of this year’s Council meetings before, lined themselves up (literally, they sat in the middle row) to blast the people involved in the “situation” that caused the media coverage. The hate and the venom that was shown in their words and in their voices was sickening. The Board Director was there to erase the line that had been so clearly drawn in the sand and these women came in a clan like a pack of vultures, to spit anger and call for the resignation of a member of council. Their main objective was to cause trouble and to rehash old wounds. I have to say that it wasn’t so much WHAT they said, but the whispering, laughing and the obviously planned attack that was so apparent.

I wish I could go into details, and one day, once my Chair days are over, I will…just remind me. If you knew the facts behind the case, you would be as sickened as I am that these cackling hens came out to our meeting with no other objective than to stir the pot.

We are CATHOLIC. One of our fundamental beliefs is that we should do what Jesus would do. These people are hypocritical and fake. They send their children to a Catholic school, where they are taught to treat others as they would want to be treated and yet they pull high school antics like this. Shame on them. Shame, shame, shame. I only hope that they attend confession to repent for the evilness that we were subjected to tonight.

We all have the right to our opinion, but we can express those opinions respectfully and in a kind manner. Bringing a posse to cause a fight is pure evil.

One message for all these women: Put yourself in the other person’s shoes for one day…ONE DAY. Perhaps then, you could find it in your heart to do as Jesus would do.

I am going to help pull all the daggers out of my fellow council member’s back now, so I will leave you with this food for thought:

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Pin It

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