Leadership at De Smet Jesuit is all about response. The familiar adages from the Gospels and the spiritual tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola give us a clear message: "To whom much is given, much is expected." "Love is shown in deeds not words." "Do not hide your light under a bushel basket." "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?" "...You have given all to me. To you I return all, give me only your love and grace."
All students are given an abundance of talents, gifts and abilities. Throughout high school, every young man must discern how best to develop these gifts. At times it seems our culture emphasizes a relentless quest for flurried activity, and the high school culture can mirror this craze - join more clubs, play on more sports teams, lead as many student organizations as possible. Clearly, stretching oneself too thin can result in poor output across the board.
The practice of discernment - listening to the call of the Lord and responding with generosity - helps us make choices about what activities we do, especially when the choice is between two that are very good.
The following meetings can help students discern about a few leadership opportunities for the 2012 - 2013 school year: