What a joy it is to see the sunrise over the Escambia River on my way to school each morning! These first glimpses of the sun dispelling the darkness remind me of the resurrection and the new life we have in Christ. I am especially thankful to have the Trinitas community with whom to celebrate that Good News.
“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” J.R.R. Tolkien
If anyone understood the idea of fortitude, it was Tolkien. We all thrill at the moments when Gandolf, Boromir, Éowyn, and Merry face adversaries so fierce and terrible that victory seems impossible. Those mighty battles that keep us turning pages long into the night impress on us the valor of fortitude in a way that only story can accomplish. Although we will very likely never have to face real Orcs, dark wizards, and giant spiders, our own seasons of darkness and trouble that we will encounter are undoubtedly made bearable or unbearable according to the measure of fortitude that we have. It is a virtue cultivated in us by our parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and others in our lives. The great stories that we read at Trinitas are just one way that we endeavor to instill virtue in the hearts of our young men and women.
You may have noticed a recent addition to your Nuntium, our weekly communication between teachers and parents. We have begun including a section that begins with “What’s the deal with…?” that addresses a particular cultural distinctive of Trinitas. The first topic was “What’s the deal with Unity?” and the second was “What’s the deal with first-time obedience?”
What an unexpected joy it has been to see the sunrise over the Escambia River these past couple of weeks. I have to admit that the hectic pace that our family has kept over the past three months has not motivated a desire in me to get up before sunrise, but there is nothing like getting back to school and driving in from Pace to change that! These first glimpses of the sun dispelling the darkness remind me of the resurrection and the new life we have in Christ. I am especially thankful to have the Trinitas community with whom to celebrate that Good News.
Speaking of unexpected joy and the Trinitas community, of everything I have found commendable about this school, the thing that has brought me the most peace and joy is my observation of the obvious strength of our community.