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Madam President’s Reflection: Rejoice

Date: June 3, 2021

One Thursday morning in my colloquy group, Dr. Kimball was preparing to put us in our discussion groups on Zoom.  This particular morning, we were reflecting on our CXM experiences. Dr. Kimball told us we would have 10 minutes in our small groups. Within several seconds we were beamed into our rooms to begin our discussions. As one of my small group members began to speak, the clock appeared on the upper screen to start the 60 second countdown to return to the large group. “What?” we all replied, “We just got here!” we laughed. Within a matter of seconds, we were raptured back to the whole group. By this time, I was cracking up laughing, only to be met with Dr. Kimball’s infectious and hysterical laugh trying desperately to explain what happened.

As our joyous time ended that morning, giggles and all, I was reminded of verses from Sirach 2:1-11 shared with me when I first started Seminary in 2019. Father Mudd, one of my favorite Catholic priests during my young adult years, and now a wonderful friend, wrote these verses in a card when he found out I would be attending VTS. As I began to rejoice in the Lord at how a mundane task turned into a much needed “joy break,” I began to reflect on the words from Sirach:

My child, when you come to serve the Lord,
prepare yourself for testing.
You who fear the Lord, hope for good things,
for lasting joy and mercy.

I think we would all agree that this last year has been a time of testing.  Serving as the Student Body President has brought its own season of testing as well but hoping for better days and “good things” has brought me moments of rejoicing as we ended the year!

Donna Arrendell
VTS Student Body President

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