I recently gave my freshman Spanish class a quiz on the vocabulary from our current chapter: En la ciudad (“In the city”). One of the questions asked students to fill in the blanks: Si un amigo está perdido, tu tienes que ______ _______ ________. “If a friend is lost, you have to ____ _____ _____.” While I was looking for a specific answer from our vocabulary, indicar como llegar (indicate how to get there/arrive), one student answered in a very matter-of-fact way, “buscarlo.” (look for him, find him). While we took a moment as a class to share in a laugh of appreciation for that response, I could not help but appreciate the sincerity in this student’s response.
Si un amigo está perdido, tienes que buscarlo. “If a friend is lost, you have to find him.”
High school is not an easy time, especially for young freshmen who are still figuring out how to navigate this new world and new chapter in their lives. It is very easy to get lost — lost in the challenges of rigorous academics, lost in the competition of sports and extracurriculars, lost amongst your friend groups, new and old.
However, on any given day here on campus, you will see a Verbum Dei student looking out for or seeking his lost brother. An arm over their shoulder, a shared lunch, a borrowed pen, or even a shoulder to cry on…A Verbum Dei gentleman looks out for his brother. Often times, concerns or issues with students are brought to our attention through their friends. Creating a culture of solidarity, accountability, and love is not a simple task, but it is made easier when the students are leading the way. I am proud of the leaders that have come through our campus, and I look forward to the ones that will continue to shine their light on our community.
Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.
-St. Ignatius of Loyola
Student received full credit for his response, buscarlo.