One person who has been a shepherd in my life is my grandfather. I have always been around him and he has helped guide me through some pretty tough times. One example was when my grandmother died. He showed me how to be strong and get passed the hardships. At first, I was sad all of the time and didn’t want to do anything. My grandfather guided me by talking about memories we had of her and having all of our family over to share our time together. Having someone to shepherd me through the rough times in my life has helped tremendously.
Who has been a shepherd in my life?
Though I have had many shepherds in my life, there was one that was more important than everyone else. The most important shepherd in my life was my grandma. She passed away three years ago, but I learned so much from her while she was alive. She was definitely the most religious that I have ever encountered in my life, and this is one of the reasons that she was such an important shepherd to me. She truly lived her life as a loving Catholic.
From stories that I’ve been told by my mom, when my grandma was younger she made sure to attend church every day, no matter what. She did much more than just go to church however. She would truly live her life as a loving Catholic. She was one of the most selfless people that I have ever known, and probably will ever know. She loved her neighbors as herself, and wouldn’t often put herself in front of others. Even when she got older, and had to depend on others more, she still made a point of going to church at least every Sunday.
One of the main reasons that my grandma was such a great shepherd for me, was because she was able to so easily pass on the lessons that she knew, to others. She did this mainly by teaching through example. She never even really needed to try to teach either my cousins or I any lessons, because simply by living her life, we were able to glean everything that we needed to know. Also, no matter how long that you knew, it always seemed that there was something new to learn. Even though she has since passed, she still lives on as a constant example of how we should act every day.
I have had the blessing of many people being a shepherd of sorts in my life. To me, having someone be a “shepherd” means that they are there to help and guide me as I grow and mature. The two people who have done this more than anyone else are my parents. They have been there to help me make the right decisions, have taught me moral lessons, and have guided me along the path to leading a good life.
My parents have always been there to teach and guide me by showing compassion, love, and care but also by teaching me life lessons that I might not like. Nobody is perfect, especially children. As a child, I often disobeyed and strayed from what was expected of me. I disobeyed my parents and sinned against God but my parents helped me get back on the right path.
Even as I grew older, I was still prone to making mistakes deliberately and unknowingly. My parents understood this time of learning in my life and did the best they could to help me continue along the right track. They were good shepherds to me because they helped and cared for me no matter what.
I believe my dad has been a shepherd in my life. I do believe there have been many people who have shepherded me recently, but my dad stands out the most. Like most people and their fathers, he has taught me so much, whether it be stern correction or calm encouragement. He is the man I hope to one day become. Everything he does, he does with integrity and care. He does not take shortcuts and guides me to do the same.
My dad is the first one up in the morning at my house. There will be days when he will go to work at 6 in the morning and not be home until 9:30 at night. He works so hard so my mom sisters and me can live comfortably. He gets really upset when my sisters and me sit around and have the occasional lazy day. I do not always understand it but I know he means well. He wants us to have the same work ethic as he does. I think I have it, but I don’t know how he can constantly be like that, it’s exhausting.
Along with his annoying nagging he can be very helpful and encouraging. He does not have a lot of patience, and neither do I. That might be why we get along so well. Throughout my life he has given me support through everything, obviously thats what a father should do, but he also lets me know when I’m making a fool of myself. Not in a rude way though. I love how he is honest with me and doesn’t coddle my sisters and me. He has taught me that not everyone is going to be a friend, and if you want something done, do it yourself.
4th period Mission Statement
We, the 2014-2015 peer ministers of Brother Rice High School, 4th period strive to help the needs of the school, especially the spiritual and personal needs of the student body. By living our faith, we hope to lead others to Christ and provide moral and spiritual support to the Brother Rice community. We hope to go above and beyond in our school commitments, and in doing so expand our religious horizons and grow in faith. We express care for our school and community, and strive to positively influence everyone by bringing what we have learned out to our world. We embody the teachings of Blessed Edmund Rice and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
5th period Mission Statement
We, the 2014-2015 peer ministers of Brother Rice High School, 5th period are committed to helping others and teaching our peers to “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus.” . By growing in our own relationship with God, we will help others come to know the awesomeness that is our God. Through retreats, prayer and liturgy we will consider it our duty to be leaders in Christ and provide a spiritual example to our fellow Crusaders. Toward this end we will lead and participate actively in mass, serve our Brother Rice community and the community at large in Blessed Edmund Rice. We will strive to be living examples of Christ in the world, leaders among the student body and demonstrative of God’s plan for the world.
Reasons for Joining Peer Ministry
“A great part about becoming a Peer Minister is that you are presented with the unique opportunity to become a Eucharistic minister. This is something that I have always wanted to do, since I was little attending mass was something that me and my family would regularly do. I would look up to the Eucharistic ministers at mass, and thought it would be a really good thing to give back to my faith community and become a Eucharistic minister. I think that this is a big part about becoming a Peer ministry, and is one of the reasons why I joined.” ‘Peer ministry is not only a service to our community, but also to our school, and God. From freshman year to senior year I have been impacted greatly by our school motto “Act manfully in Christ Jesus”. But not until I joined peer ministry my senior year did I fully understand this motto. I have realized that being a peer minister is acting manfully in Christ, because it shows that you have the qualities of Christ, and use them by serving our community. But being a peer minister isn’t only serving our community, or school, it is being a server to God.’
“Leading the school in my mind is one of the biggest roles we play as peer ministers. Our school slogan isn’t “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” for nothing. It is our duty to carry out the roles of a manful Christian by doing what is asked and beyond. We are supposed to set examples to the underclassman on what is needed of them and how they should act. We watched a movie in class that reached out and touched my soul. The movie was called “Soul Searching” and it exemplified that there are many different kids in this world, some Christian and some not. It showed how these kids either tried to involve Christ in their lives or showed the kids who are not Christian live their life.”
“When I signed up for peer ministry, I thought it would be a good opportunity to participate in the ministry of my school. Additionally, I wanted peer ministry to encourage me to participate in my own parish. For the first few weeks of peer ministry, I was able to become a Eucharistic minister. This has allowed me to become a Eucharistic minister and lector in my own parish, St. Barnabas Catholic Parish. The ability to “get involved” in my own parish has had the biggest impact on me as a Catholic. Now, through my involvement in both the Catholic communities of Brother Rice and St. Barnabas, I can improve my faith and become a better follower of Christ.
My favorite thing I have done in peer ministry so far has been my participation in the St. Christopher retreat. At first, I just signed up for the retreat because I knew it was something I had to do as a student in peer ministry. However, I was assigned to speak of my relationship with God and how this relationship has affected my faith. Writing and speaking this essay to the students of St. Christopher made me really think of my relationship with God. It has allowed me to reevaluate God’s place in my life and has allowed me to improve my faith in God. Through this retreat, similar to the students of St. Christopher, I felt like I could begin a new and healthy relationship with God.”