From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

December 5, 2014

Dear Parents:

During December, we are celebrating the Core Value of “Love.” The celebrations of the month link the spiritual and social aspects of our lives. Today, we participated in our First Friday Food Drive supporting those in need in San Diego. In our Catholic tradition, we will celebrate God’s love for Mary and hers for Him in our holy day Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Monday, Dec. 8th. Next Friday, Dec. 12th we will again recognize the loving devotions of Mary, the Patroness of the Americas, as we observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a prayer service at a specially scheduled Friday Morning Assembly. Socially, we are preparing our school Christmas tree and getting ready for a variety of Christmas activities, including the collection of toys to place under the tree Monday, Dec. 15th. The Christmas songs we are preparing for Christmas at Nazareth also echo the season’s themes of love and peace. In our homes, we are planning with caring joy many activities and purchasing gifts for family and friends. All of this is taking place as we try to meet the expectations of our daily lives, which our Core Values teach us, should be met with love. Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope (2012), asks the question: “In what ways do you sense the presence of God dwelling in your home?” Whether we are thinking about our familial home or our school home, it may be a good time to consider this Christmas version of St. Paul’s letter; for all of us it is a gentle reminder of how important it is to maintain a loving response to the joys and responsibilities of these December days.

1 Corinthians 13 – a Christmas Version
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio