The Spirit of Selflessness
November and December are the months of the year that bring Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas in rapid succession. The number of family get-togethers is unmatched during this time of year, and each has its own traditions. Games, feasts, prayers, conversations, and shopping seem to be mainstays in many households. There are also certain ideologies that come to the forefront during this time of year – selflessness and service, which are both deeply Catholic.
In the past weeks, two very public experiences have illustrated how educators at BSM have guided students to develop a sense of selflessness and gratitude that make our world a better place. Five graduates from Benilde-St. Margaret’s were interviewed by WCCO television because each was a member of the Class of 2017 and is now attending a military academy, an incredible rarity. During the conversation cadet Jack Boase and midshipmen Sean McCullough, Lauren McDonnell, Maria Satre, and Carston Swenson each indicated that the spirit of service and selflessness that is embraced at BSM played a role in their formation.
A few days later, 75 Red Knight students, alumni, educators, and parents had an incredible opportunity to speak directly to an American astronaut who is onboard the International Space Station. That astronaut is Col. Mark Vande Hei, a BSM graduate from the Class of 1985 who has enjoyed an incredible career in the Army and NASA. As the students fired questions at Col. Vande Hei, it became quite clear in his responses that he intended to build a career serving others from the beginning. His roots at BSM truly made a difference. (You can read more about this experience in The Catholic Spirit.)
These are just two stories that demonstrate the value of our holistic Benilde-St. Margaret’s education. Many, many more stories play out daily without fanfare; however, each still shapes the world in a unique way. The spirit of selflessness lives on at BSM, and the world is a better place for it.
I wish each of you a blessed and Merry Christmas!