By BSM's EPIC Marketing & Communications Intern Terra Waymire-Rozman '23
As the largest catholic school in the upper midwest we at Benilde-St. Margaret’s unite together by embracing our differences and putting scripture into action. Each year BSM chooses a new scripture theme, this year BSM emphasized the importance of unity with a verse from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians [4:1-6]: “…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit.”
“The theme this year means [that we should] strive to be one community, one mind, and heart,” said Mr. Matt Brounstein, a theology teacher at BSM. “We should celebrate [and] support each other.” Over the past few years teaching theology, Brounstein has learned the importance of community.
The community at BSM is built by being one spirit. Being one mind and one heart is put into practice in different ways. Students gather at Mass to worship and find support in faith and similar values. In times of hardship, students have shown their support by writing kind messages on prayer flags, or by simply asking what they can do to help others.
The scripture theme BSM chose this year was an important message for the community, and as a goal to come together as one. “I think BSM is doing a great job of living up to the scripture theme this year because it truly does feel like ONE BSM. This year's scripture theme [shows me] the school is uniting,” Ruby Wohlrabe ’23 said. “With everything being much more together, with homecoming week and all that, it feels much more like one community.”
BSM is a unique and diverse community unified by faith. “The idea of one Spirit Who works within all of us is what makes the idea of ONE BSM work,” said theology teacher, Ms. Becca Meagher. “We can have a variety of gifts, but it’s all propelled by the same desire and the same spirit.” Empowering each other through lives of faith is an important unifying aspect of BSM, and contributes meaningfully to what it means to be a Red Knight.
The annual scripture themes do not purely speak to Catholic Christian students at BSM. “For me, it just means community is more than actually looking into the scripture. It's [the] community I've known this year. It's nice to know there are people all around me [that create] a safe way of all coming together,” said Mae Reddy ‘24.
This year's scripture theme embodies itself in the faith experience and at large in life at BSM. The idea of unity will always be at the heart of the school: having one spirit, one heart, and one mind, growing into a stronger community.
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