Verbum Dei Community Newsletter
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Strengths and Weaknesses
A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.
Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.
This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.
He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.
“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”
“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
Sometimes we count ourselves out. We can be our hardest critics. Believe in your God given talents to conquer the obstacles that may come your way.
Coffee with the Principal!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Faculty VS. Students for Free Dress!!!
If you have completed any of the actions below, stop by Campus Ministry to sign your name! The first group, faculty or staff, that get Bingo will win!
- Write a thank you note/ email to a Faculty/staff
2. Write a thank you note/ email to their CWSP driver
3. Eat lunch with a teacher
4. Write a kind note to a Verb student in another grade
5. Perform a random act of kindness (helpful Honda)
6. Attend Thursday mass after school
7. Read an article from Present Dei and make a comment
8. Attend freshmen Basketball game
9. Attend JV Basketball game
10. Attend Varsity Basketball game
11. Attend JV Soccer game
12. Attend Varsity soccer game
13. No HW JUG for two consecutive weeks
14. No lunch JUG for two consecutive weeks
15. Sign happy birthday to a student whose birthday was announced during morning announcements
16. Tutor after school
17. Support the can drive
18. Show school spirit
19. Wear college sweatshirt
20. Recommend Faculty/Staff for Faculty/Staff of the Month
21. Make teacher laugh
22. Assigned corridor clean for 2 consecutive weeks
23. House selfie
24. Give a teacher a complement
25. Read and “like” Dr. Odom’s newsletters
26. Comment something nice on Verb’s IG
27. Go to church on Sunday (send a selfie to Ms. Chambers or Dr. Odom)
28. Participate in the church service on Sunday (send a selfie to Ms. Chambers or Dr. Odom)
29. Attend Mass after school
30. Recite the Suscipe to Theology teachers by memory
31. Score an “A” on a test
32. Use resource center for minimum of 1-hr
33. Complete extra Christian Service Hours
Please be here by 7:45am. You will need two #2 pencils and a calculator. Good luck Juniors!
Dr. Odom's Study Tips
This is the presentation I made during the Student Assembly. Please review! Good luck on Finals!
Basketball and Soccer Schedules are here!!!!
See you at the nest!
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