As I watched the runners race past Mile Marker 1 of the St. Jude marathon and half-marathon on Saturday, I was inspired by the St. Mary's team and the patients for whom they ran. Many runners lifted their hands to touch those of the spectators. This moment, repeated again and again, illustrated vividly that some causes deserve the exertion of the whole human being.
We have a community that gives generously in so many ways — for the St. Mary's Community Fund, for St. Jude, for the Emmanuel Center Christmas Project, and for St. Mary's itself. As the girls grow up, they see giving and service as two parts of a whole and as a joyful responsibility of living in community. They come to learn that the greatest needs require mind and soul and body.
As we draw near to our oldest school tradition and see the tableaux of the Christmas Pageant, I am reminded of another moment when the greatest need required the greatest gift. St. Mary's welcomes this season in gratitude for the many hands that give, serve, and reach others. May peace and joy be with each of your families in the upcoming break and in the traditions you celebrate.