I want to share with you the editorial written by a student for their year end issue of their school paper. I really think that you should read this…its a very inspiring piece that talks about a vocation which is slowly dwindling lately…here’s with the hope that one day soon women would be able to reconsider and listen to God’s calling…..or better yet as what one the sisters said “don’t wait to be called…check yourself out you might have been called already you just did not hear it….”
If Jesus had said to His Father, “No, dad, even if you’re God, I refuse to die for your ungrateful humans,” we’d all be worshipping trees and wearing strange primal clothes and dancing to tribal music now.
If every Salesian sister said to Jesus, “No, Lord, even if you’re the Messiah, I refuse to stay unmarried and frustrate myself with ungrateful children for the rest of my life,” then we’d all be studying in a public school.
The point is, no matter how much we all like to deny it, no matter how childish we are not to notice it; Salesian sisters do good in the world. We’ve all seen it. Through the years, the delinquency and teenage pregnancy rates of Mazzarellians have always been close to zero. Even if the campus troublemakers like to think they’re so tough, compared to the delinquents of non-Salesian schools, they’re practically angels.
Bottom line is every student that has ever graduated from a Salesian school has had reason to be thankful to their alma mater. They may be bitter for a few years—especially during college, thinking about how SMMS was too strict, and how their rules are over-the-top and why was there a school-day mass at least twice every month—eventually they all realize that their lives would suck if Don Bosco’s preventive system hadn’t taught them to not be unruly.
Also, every student that has ever graduated or has ever studied in SMMS has a sister they owe their sanity to. Not all students get along with all sisters, but there is usually at least one sister they can relate to. There is always at least one sister they feel genuinely loved by.
And to feel loved is important to the young. Because the only reason bad people become bad people is because some people make them feel like bad people. But when children feel appreciated, and when someone makes them feel like they’re worth something, they won’t need to try and prove themselves by being complete fools.
And as far as we are concerned, the sisters exist for that purpose: to stop children from growing up to become complete fools. Not all schools are like SMMS. In prestigious, efficient schools, when a teenager is found to be the root of scandalous gossip, he or she will be suspended or expelled for misconduct and bad behavior.
It is only in Salesian schools like SMMS that the same situation happens, but instead of immediate suspension or expulsion, a nun will simply scold the child for three hours, call his or her parents, who will scold him or her for another three hours, and then sit down, remind them that God loves them and that there is no need to be insecure or angry because they are good, and beautiful, and wonderful people, no matter what others say.
A teacher will punish you for not handing in your homework for two months after the deadline. But a Salesian sister will ask you what’s wrong, is the situation of your family alright, are your friends being a good influence.
And a child needs that. And the youth needs that. And the youth needs women who are selfless and unafraid to take the challenge of being not only a teacher, but a mother, a consoler, a friend, a sister.
They say life as a nun is boring and restricting. Well, of course it’s not always a joy ride. But neither is any other profession. Being married also has boring and migraine-inducing moments. Being a high-ranking professional also has low times.
Likewise Salesian sisters also have quiet instances of loneliness. But these instances are only temporary. Because once the gates open and the youth come flooding in, they are ready to commence their mission. To love, and appreciate, and to affirm. And there is so much joy in doing so that any sacrifice is worth it.
If God called you to be one, would you say no, or would you talk to a sister and say “I feel strange…can you help me figure it out”? It’s not being melodramatic, it’s not being corny, it’s not being sentimental…it’s just being you…A TRUE – BLOODED SALESIAN KID!!!
P.S. I got the author;s permission to publish this…(after all she’s my daughter)