Dear Members of the Prep Community,
This summer, the Prep faculty and staff read the book Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. In it, Boyle tells us that “All Jesus asks is ‘where are you standing?’” (pg. 173) By this he means, God doesn’t care what we look like, how much money we make, or what we’ve achieved. Instead, He only calls us to stand on the side of what is right, with those who are poor and marginalized, and to work for peace and justice. Boyle tells us that taking a stand for what is right will make the world a more compassionate and peaceful place.
This call from Christ inspires our theme for the 2013-14 school year: “Where Do You Stand?” This theme offers a more straightforward challenge than some of our past themes, and we believe the time is right to examine where we stand. In a world fraught with violence and injustice, we need to ensure that we are making the right decisions, those that will bring Christ’s love into the world and into our community.
We are challenged to consider where we stand almost every day. When we hear a disparaging comment made about someone’s race, sexuality, or socioeconomic status, or see a person who is homeless panhandling outside the Holland Tunnel, and even when we are shopping for clothes and groceries, we are forced to think about what our actions and decisions say about who we are and what we believe. This can be overwhelming to consider, but there is power in knowing that we can work toward God’s kingdom here on earth with a quick decision or gesture.
I pray that this year, each time we glance up a theme poster in the hallway or sing our new theme song (specially written by Vox for our community!), we will stop for a moment to consider how we stand up for what is right and just in our own ways.
Peace of Christ,
Ms. Maura Toomb
Director of Campus Ministry