Spring-Cleaning (A short reflection on Lent Season)

Lent is an Old English word for spring. In almost all other languages the word for ‘Lent’ comes from the Latin word for “forty days.”

In the Bible, forty days is a traditional number of discipline, devotion, and preparation. Moses stayed on the mountain of God forty days (Ex. 24:18, 34:28). The Israelites’ spies were in the land of Canaan forty days (Num. 13:25). Elijah travelled forty days before he reached the cave where he had his vision (1 Kings 19:8). Nineveh was given forty days to repent (Jon. 3:4). It is also a reminder of Israel’s 40 years of wandering in the desert.

Most significantly for us, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness praying and fasting before his ministry (Matt. 4:2). Thus, it is fitting for Christians to imitate him with forty days of prayer and fasting as we prepare for the ending of Jesus’s ministry on Good Friday and its fulfilment in his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher” (Parker J. Palmer, 1997 p.16)

My venture into the world of education, particularly as an English teacher, took an unexpected turn, tracing back to my high school days. Those were the times when I found myself thrust into the role of explaining materials to my classmates in front of the classroom. Despite considering myself a quick learner, this experience left me feeling inadequate and embarrassed. It planted a seed of aversion towards teaching in my mind, as I believed it wasn't my forte.

Celebrating 50 Years of Saeng Tham: A Journey of Collaboration with the Society of Jesus in Thailand

This year signifies a remarkable milestone in Saeng Tham's history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary since its establishment. Since its inception, Saeng Tham has remained dedicated to fostering the growth of the Church in Thai society, playing a vital role in the formation of major seminarians from the country's dioceses and from other religious congregations for the ministerial priesthood. This invaluable mission has truly been a collaborative endeavor, and the Society of Jesus feels deeply grateful to have been asked to be part of this inspiring dedication. Saeng Tham’s commitment to learning and serving, focusing on educating future Church leaders within Thailand's diverse communities, is a privilege to support and aligns seamlessly with the Society’s vision.

The signing of an M.O.U. (Memorandum of Understanding) between the Xavier Learning Community and Saeng Tham College.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand, in partnership with Saeng Tham College and the Jesuits in Thailand, jointly established the 'Saeng Tham College, Xavier Chiang Rai Campus.' On Thursday, December 14, 2023, they officially drafted a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their cooperation. There are two main purposes emphasized:

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The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola and his companions. The mission of the Jesuits is a mission of justice and reconciliation, working so that women and men can be reconciled with God, with themselves, with each other and with God’s creation.

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