We are often reminded of the phrase, act local, think global. At Mt Carmel Catholic College Varroville this phrase is being put into action in a Christ-centred way that fosters a sense of community and nurtures a culture of service through initiatives that promote stewardship and care for our Common Home.
The Christ’s Hands On Earth initiative is an ongoing environmental program that is all about putting the responsibility of looking after the environment in student hands. Its name is inspired by St Teresa of Avila’s famous call to action: “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.” In this way, we can act local, and think global within our own community.
Teacher Igor Pletikosa explains, "This program involves students moving around the school to pick up any litter and rubbish in order to dispose of it thoughtfully. It is an opportunity to get involved in the life of the College and broaden students' own capability and awareness for social justice. We encourage all students to hone in on their capacity for good, and enhance their willingness to undertake servant leadership as followers of Christ."
At present, student engagement has been outstanding, with students from Year 7 to Year 12 getting involved. It is an exciting opportunity for students to show initiative and demonstrate their leadership skills and appreciation of the wider community. To be good Christians and good citizens, as St Marcellin calls us to be, we must remember that we are Christ’s hands on earth. St Francis’ prayer succinctly captures the beauty and hope that exists as a result of service to others service to others: “Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace / Where there is hatred let me sow love.”