Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying. She guided the Missionaries of Charity expansion throughout India and then in other countries. She tells us:
‘Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.’
Following her death Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Inspired by ‘Mother Teresa’ the St Matthew Academy community understands that caring for each other shows we love God, our actions are very important to our faith.
As the Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador’s brutal civil war, Oscar Romero became the ‘bishop of the poor’ for his work defending the Salvadoran people. He told the people:
‘If someday they take away the radio station from us … if they don’t let us speak, if they kill all the priests and the bishops too, and you are left a people without priests, each one of you must become God’s microphone, each one of you must become a prophet.’
After calling for international intervention to protect those being killed by government forces, Archbishop Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980.
The St Matthew Academy community tries in many different ways to work together and act with fairness towards one another.
Nelson Mandela is also known as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name. Mandela’s words, ‘the struggle is my life’ are not to be taken lightly.
‘I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’
Mandela frequently gave priority to reconciliation, peace and justice for all.
Saying sorry and listening to each other are important life skills which we strive to develop at St Matthew Academy.