‘Don’t count the days; make the days count’
You may have heard on the weekend of the death at 74 of one of the greats of the sporting world, Muhammad Ali. Ali took up boxing as a teenager after a run in with the police. At 22, he won the world heavyweight championship. Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion. In 1966, two years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty of draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing titles, which he successfully appealed in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1971, his conviction was overturned. He lost the chance to compete during this time, which may have been his best years.
Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him popular with many opposed to the conflict. His actions and moral stance against racism inspired other great civil rights campaigners.
One of the most powerful forces in the whole world is a person with purpose.
Marcellin Champagnat was such a person. Despite the fact that he struggled with study, he committed himself to being a priest. He wanted to follow Jesus and at Fourviere, with twelve other followers of Jesus, seminarians and priests, they made a pledge to live as Mary in the world. The group called themselves “Mary-ists” and sought to adopt a style of discipleship which would be unlike anything that existed in the Church to that time. The plan those young people nurtured constituted a certain spirituality, a certain way of living the life of the Spirit to which they were called by baptism. It was new way of being Church, spirit filled and close to those they served. They were in fact the face of Mercy in their world.
Years later as a priest, Marcellin visited a dying boy. This ‘Montagne moment’ may have been like Ali’s run in with the law. It was a ‘game-changer’. Having realised the tragedy of a child dying in his parish without knowing the Good News that is Jesus, Marcellin was prompted to commit himself to educating the poor in his time and place. It was courageous decision to decide to ensure that every child would know Jesus. It was grounded in the truth of his commitment at Fourviere and was realised in the new community he would form of young men, the Marist Brothers. On this Champagnat day, we wish, Br Tony, Br Christian and all Marist Brothers a happy feast day. We thank them for their commitment to live with purpose in this world.
And so to you and I. We all have the option to be great. In the words of Ali to be the “greatest”. What is going to be your purpose?
To our teachers we might ask, “What is your passion, your drive, your mission? Is it to be like Mary in this world?” And if so, how wonderful is that! To be superb educators, who are also the contemplative, merciful face of our Church. Thank you for all you do to ensure our young people have the very best education in our great Catholic school in the Marist tradition.
To our students we ask students, What is your dream? Your passion? To quote Ali
‘Don’t count the days; make the days count’
We can all have excuses for living a half life. For taking second best. But they are just excuses.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” (Muhammad Ali)
This Champagnat day we celebrate the inspiration of St Marcellin Champagnat, a man who lived with purpose 200 years ago. He was inspired, as we are, by the greatest person with purpose to have ever lived – Jesus! Jesus’ life surely shares the pattern of all those who live with purpose. It was powerful, truthful, with great challenges, courageous and deeply communal. We pray for each other, for other Marist communities in the world and we pray that our lives are ones of purpose. This Champagnat day we re-commit ourselves to our communal purpose at Trinity.
That is to be women and men committed to truth, courageous, deeply committed to others in community, followers of Jesus in our place, in our way, here and now. Men and women who having been shaped by the Marist way will make our world a better place, just as Marcellin did.
Mr. John Robinson
Genuinely Catholic and Proudly Marist
Trinity Catholic College takes its name from the heart of our Catholic faith, affirming our belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our crest and motto celebrate our belief in the risen Jesus whose presence we encounter and celebrate in our Australian context. We proudly embrace the spirit of Saint Marcellin Champagnat as a Marist school, and provide a Catholic education ‘in the way of Mary’.
Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Our vision that students are safe, happy, well taught and learn to know and love Jesus underpins our rich and varied curriculum. Beginning in Year 7, all students experience learning in a calm, well-ordered, safe and happy community. An emphasis on each student’s achievement of excellence through hard work, affirmation and personal challenge, and the building of strong relationships with our dedicated, passionate teachers, have led to Trinity’s outstanding success.
These successes include:
In 2015 our results were once again outstanding with:
Our results speak for themselves!
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