Sr. Claudette says, “The word nobility is seldom heard today. Yet, the word still carries a certain aura that evokes something that is ‘above the commonplace,’ calling forth the best in individuals.” Our Maryknoll school motto is “Sola Nobilitas Virtus” (Virtue Alone Enobles), and we envisage our students to be individuals with moral, ethical and religious values, intellectually competent, compassionate in serving others and capable of continuing self-development to meet the challenges in life and to contribute to society. Mother Mary Joseph was particularly fond of the poem by James Russell Lowell, ‘as one lamp lights another nor grows less, so nobleness enkindles nobleness.’ Lest we are wary of this act of enkindling, she further reminded us that no matter how many other lamps we lit, our own lamp would not diminish. Instead, it would grow into a glorious blaze.
So what is nobleness or ‘great-heartedness’? True marks of nobility are “courage, fearless honesty, transcending charity, gentle courtesy, tender love of God and all God’s creatures because of our love of God”.
How can we as Maryknollers embrace this? It calls for each of us to cultivate ‘love and trust with patience and tact’. Here in the school, as a community, we see multiples of activities and happenings, challenging and yet fulfilling, always with an air of understanding, acceptance of the individual, love and respect prevailing. Together may we will seek to tread and follow the path of God, leading to embrace nobility and to make God’s love visible!
Dr. Maria Lee