Nov 23, 2020

Presentation Day 2020

Presentation Day 2020

Sr. Anne’s Words of Wisdom

21st of November is a special day of celebration worldwide.  Wherever there is the presence of Presentation Sisters, Brothers, schools or missions all connect in wishing one another a happy Presentation Day.

Why the 21st of November?  Why Presentation Day?

The 21st of November is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple.   Tradition tells us that Mary was 3 years old when her parents, Joachim and Anne, presented her to God in the Temple in Jerusalem.   The Eastern Orthodox Church has been celebrating this Feast since the 4th century.

When Nano Nagle brought together a small group of women in Cork, she named them “Sisters of Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart”.   After Nano’s death it was discovered that that name was already in use.   Those who knew Nano, remembered that she had a great devotion to the Presentation of Mary in the temple.   The Sisters were renamed the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

That is how the 21st of November became, and still is today, our special Presentation Day.

The theme chosen for Presentation Day 2020 is Thankfulness.  Thankfulness is that feeling of appreciation for kindnesses, gifts, help and favours received.  Putting that feeling into action is called Gratitude.   It is important for us to keep that spirit of thankfulness alive by letting go of the Negative.   Rather than thinking about the things you don’t have, or the things you think you should have, focus on the positive and all the wonderful things that you do have.   Be quick to express your gratitude by saying “thank you”.

Meister Eckhard, a German theologian and philosopher is quoted as saying “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you”, it will be enough”.

May I suggest a simple way that you can do that.   The 8th of December 2020 marks 163 years of Presentation Education in Clondalkin.   On the 8th of December 1857, 3 Sisters from Carlow established the first convent and school in Clondalkin and from that small beginning Scoil Áine, Scoil Íde, Scoil Mhuire and Coláiste Bríde have all flourished and you are part of that flowering.

I know many of you pass the Convent entrance or go through the churchyard on your way to and from school each day, so may I suggest that in keeping with your theme of Thankfulness and Gratitude, that you say “thank you” for the gift of education brought here by Presentation Sisters 163 years ago.    If that prayer “thank you” is the only prayer you ever say in your entire life, it will be enough!


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Happy Presentation Day to all

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