We begin to realise that there are seasons in our lives, in the same way that there are seasons in nature.
There are times to cultivate and create,
• times of flourishing and abundance. But there are times of quiet too.
• Times to admire what is already there, what is already done.
• There are times when life feels in full bloom, and just like in nature, the year may have seasonal moments.
Help us to Trust that there will be times of fruition, when work goes well, giving a sense of achievement.
Visit of Fr. Provincial
Senior students at a meeting with Fr. Provincial Leonard Moloney S.J., November 2018
Having asked the students what they enjoyed about Crescent, they told him:
‘Crescent is a place of Spirituality and wellness. We can develop socially and academically here. We are all different and Crescent caters to that. Retreats are very enjoyable part of school which we look forward to, they respond to the Spiritual part of us. The school has put opportunities in our way that we might never experience such as Social Placement. There is a sense of growth here, a sense of community growing together and the structure of the Central area enhances that. Morning prayer is a welcome moment of calm.’
Fr. Moloney advised the students:
‘God does speak. His basic language is Silence. In silence you will hear Him.’
The students agreed that they are ‘Finding God in all things, Finding God in Nature and not just a ‘guy in the sky’.
The ultimate aim of Jesuit Education is that full growth of the person which leads to action – action that is suffused with the spirit and presence of Jesus Christ, the Man for Others.(CJE)
The Charter for the Irish Province known as the Characteristics of Jesuit Education is central to the schools Ethos
The Characteristics are summarised as follows:
Characteristics of Jesuit education
Finding God in all things
Caring for the individual – Cura Personalis
Growing towards Freedom and Responsibility
Christ is the Model for Human life
A Faith that Does Justice
In Service Of The Church
Striving For Excellence
Working as a Community
Adaptable and Open to Growth
Iconography in the School :
An abbreviation for the Latin Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (for the greater glory of God). This was an abbreviation used by Ignatius and Jesuits worldwide, and is a reminder that God is to be found in all things . At Crescent we have adopted the Tempus Sans ITC style shown at the start of this paragraph.
1. On the top panel is the motto AM+DG.
2. In the top left hand box is a castle, the emblem of Limerick city whose motto is ‘ Urbs Antiqua Fuit Studiisque Asperrima Belli” – an ancient city well versed in the arts of war . It is not known exactly when, or by whom, the city motto was chosen. It is a quotation from Virgil’s Aeneid and was quoted during the time of the sieges in the mid 17th century.
3. At the top right hand corner are the three crowns of Munster.
4. At the bottom left hand is the emblem of the Sacred Heart College, the Crescent, the precursor of the school. The emblem shows the heart of Jesus, pierced by a crown of thorns, which has paid the price of love, and is unvanquished. It is a sign of Gods mercy and love, and recalls the invitation in the Bible, in Ezekiel to change our ‘heart of stone’ into a ‘heart of flesh.’ In the book of Samuel 167 we read:
”God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.’
5. The bottom right hand corner shows the Eagle from the crest of Mungret College 1882 – 1975. The eagle recalls the passage from the Psalm 103 “Bless the Lord my soul, who fills your life with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle’s . Underneath we read the school motto: ‘ Crescentes in illo per omnia’. Literally this means ‘growing in Him through all things, and is based on Colossians 1:10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit is every good work, growing in the knowledge of God .
The Examen – for Prayer
We strive to promote stillness and the practice of discernment. This supports our commitment to find ways in which Ignatian Spirituality can be actively adapted to the school setting.
Click here for the Examen Prayer Sheet: the examen