“At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision…” Charles Dickens
With Thanksgiving Day behind us, is there a household who will not watch one of the myriad version of A Christmas Carol during the next few weeks. In my house, we’re reading two versions of it in homeschool lessons the original text and graphic novel), Abigail is playing the roles of Tiny Tim and Jacob Marley in her virtual theater class with the Morristown Performing Arts Center, and still, we’re far from “Caroled-out”…and will watch several beloved versions; including the Disney version and the Muppet version during the month of December.
When Scrooge has his change of heart, we know well that he looks to the service of others and, as his spectral friend Marley charged him; made “mankind” his business from then onward. Dickens himself tells us He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. A new made man, after his ghostly visitors, Scrooge went on to embody the true spirit of the season, that of giving onto others.
None of us, SDA alumnae, friends, students and parents, need to be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in order to fully embrace the gifts of the season. For, when you walk the halls of SDA as a student, when you interact with the school as a parent, when you serve SDA as a teacher or board member, or when you look back with fond memories as an alumna, one of the virtues that springs to your mind first would be that virtue of charity-of giving of yourself to others and bringing your time, talents and treasures into daily interactions for the betterment of all. Saint Dominic Academy, since 1878 has instilled in all who know its mission, the desire to serve others, to help ease the pains of others, and to give back to those who have given much to us.
Tomorrow, December 1st, 2020 is Giving Tuesday and it is our dearest hope that all of those whose lives have been touched by the goodness of Saint Dominic Academy and the Dominican Sisters in Caldwell, will take a moment to give back to our beloved school. Any gift you can make, great or small will benefit the next generation of your SDA sisters, those whose compassion and kindness will stretch far into the future and ensuring that everyone continues to know that those who are affiliated with SDA are full of the spirit of giving and the joy that comes from serving others. Thanking you in advance for your generous gift to Saint Dominic Academy and as the sun rises on the first of December tomorrow, let me be the first to issue that timeless line from Dickens-one that captures what Christmas is all about: God bless us, everyone!