Reflection and More
Recently, the Church celebrated the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Some years ago this was referred to as Corpus Christi Sunday. One of St Ignatius’ favourite prayers was the Anima Christi or Soul of Christ.
In Kevin O’Brien’s excellent The Ignatian Adventure, he cites the late great David Fleming’s contemporary translation of the Anima Christi.
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.
May your body and blood be my food and drink.
May your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side, enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow your cross.
Let me not run from the love which you offer,
But hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each my dyings shed your light and your love.
Keep calling to me until that day comes, when, with your saints,
I may praise you forever. Amen.
There has been a battle fought out in recent weeks on behalf of our low-fee paying Catholic schools against some of the implications of the Government’s education funding plans. The Senate passed these plans last week.
There were two concessions to our system of schools. The first was that there was an inclusion in the legislation that allowed our system of schools to allocate resources where required to best meet student needs. Sydney Catholic Schools has indicated that there will be no increases in school fees beyond our standard ‘cost of living’ adjustments of between 2% and 5% for the next three years.
The second concession is that Catholic schools’ funding remains unchanged for the next year allowing a review of the Socio-Economic Status (SES) model which is used as the basis for funding decisions.
Ultimately, our Catholic schools look like being financially disadvantaged to the tune of $4.6 billion over the next decade.