Dear Trinity Family and Friends,
What is the “Good Life?” Thanksgiving reminds us that simplicity is important to living a good life. We all know that the more we have, the more difficult life can become; it is ironic that we find simplicity in giving thanks for having abundance. As I assembled with my close friends and family this past Thanksgiving I pondered, “What means the most to me?” Health, family, and friends came to mind.
In choosing to live simply, we find what is most near and dear to our hearts and minds. Living simply enables one to take time for oneself, to be grateful for what is near and dear to us, to feed mindfulness, and to be true to oneself. Many of the great thinkers attained simple living. Their philosophy became a way of life. As our children grow older and wiser, they will begin to contemplate how they will live their lives. As educators and parents, we must ensure a message of simplicity; being present in the moment and engaging in life will lead to fulfillment.
Here at Trinity you will see and hear about advent. The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin ‘Adventus,’ which means ‘coming.’ Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches) and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ’s birth, and for the time when Christ will come again. Let us all reflect on the most powerful life force of love and simplicity.
With warm regards,
Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550