'You are here so this is Holy Ground' - Monica Brown
What does 'Holy Ground' mean?
To make something ‘Holy’ means to make it different. We want St Matthew’s School to be different. We want this difference to be reflected in our relationships, especially in our communication with each other. We want to be different so that within our community will speak with respect and dignity.
If we are speaking with respect and dignity, we will not be using offensive language, we will not be putting others down or teasing, we will not be shouting or name calling. We will listen to each other with respect and sensitivity. Our words and actions will be life giving!
This will not be an easy transition, especially when offensive language is very much a part of radio, television and ordinary conversation for many.
Why should we do this?
Many of us would accept the fact that people speak to each other in an offensive manner. We can’t change what anyone else does, we can only ensure that we are respectful in speech and behaviour. Our respectfulness as individuals will hopefully have a ripple effect in our community.
If we are able to make St Matthew’s ‘Holy’ – different – then perhaps we can take this holiness with us when we are away from St Matthew’s. Perhaps this will enable us to make a difference wherever we go.
Of course our efforts will need to continue each and every day.