Be positive to all setbacks

This morning, as the 1st day of the last week for this school term, Mr. Iu gave us a message on the importance of facing setbacks in life. He used a story about a young man with not much education facing an unfair treatment in his work. This bad treatment somehow became the wakeup call for the young man and spurred him to return to study and eventually to financial success. Mr. Iu didn’t simply use the story to encourage us to put up with setbacks in life, he also wished that setbacks would become the strong medicine that cure our laziness in studying. Let’s hope that we don’t have to come to taste that bitter life medicine in order to realize the importance of studying hard. As the 1st term exam draws close, let none of us take Mr. Iu’s reminder lightly.

Breaking Old Habits

This morning, Brother John gave us a message on breaking old habits. He pointed out the truth about old habits or believes that they worked in our subconscious, controlled our lives and were very resistant to change. He revealed the reason why we passed up opportunities to learn new things, create new projects and forming new habits was not that we were ignorant about the importance of the new stuff, but rather, we were reluctant to give up the old stuff so make room for the new. He advised that we should grapple on the flicking moments in our minds of wanting to change because those moments wouldn’t last and would soon be engulfed by old believes if we didn’t take action immediately. Let’s pray that as we prepare for the Advent season, the refreshing power of Jesus Christ would help us get rid of our old, bad habits and impart in us a fresh beginning for 2018.

Perseverance

This morning, Mr. Shing shared with us a message about perseverance. He encouraged us to endure hardship by using the inspiring story of Jeff Goins, a U.S. bestselling author, who persisted in his recovering journey to run marathon again after a crippling car accident. Mr. Shing revealed to us two things he learned from Mr. Goings’ story. One, we should expect hardship and accept that there will be bumpy stages in our plans. But if we have a plan, we won’t lose sight and we will always have a goal that we can persist to achieve. Two, “perseverance creates more perseverance”. We only have to take the hardest first step, and then it will become easier to stick with our goal. This echoes with the Book of Roman in the Bible, Chapter 5, telling us that “hardship develops perseverance, and perseverance develops a tested character, something that gives us hope”. We might face challenges in our journeys, and sometimes, disappointments and failures are part of the whole package towards success. Let us not lose hope in the face of hardship and persevere towards the final victory. Go Xaverians!

Say “No” to Bullying

This morning, Vice Principal Mr. Leung shared with us a children’s book, called “I Dissent”, written by Debbie Levy. It is a book about the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Justice (judge of the Supreme Court of United States) in the U.S. history. Using approachable language and storytelling techniques, the author introduces to readers the life story of Justice Ginsburg, the iconic fighter for gender equality in the States. Mr. Leung used Ginsburg’s daring endeavours of fighting social injustices against overwhelming odds for people with little power to inspire us, to stand up against bullying, both for ourselves and for those who were powerless to resist. Absolute social justice is difficult to achieve, but as a Catholic school which upholds “Justice” as one of the five core values, we should strife hard to maintain a bullying-free school community. Should we see any bullying taking place physically, verbally and even in the cyber world, we should stand up and say “No, I dissent!”

Speak Politely

This morning, Mr. Pong shared with us the poem “Words Once Spoken” by Jessie Campbell. Using the poem, Mr. Pong brought out three messages why we shouldn’t use foul languages so casually. One, it reveals one’s poor personal qualities. Two, it may unintentionally hurt the listeners. And three, once they are spoken, foul languages can’t be taken back. The damage is done and we spread bad influence to others and back onto ourselves. So let’s heed Mr. Pong’s words and remember our school motto, “Gentle in Manner”. It is easy to excuse ourselves thinking that using foul languages casually is common for teens nowadays but as students of SFXC, such reckless use of words is actually very out of character for Xaverians.

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