Salesian Reflections

"Loving Life, Living Jesus"

In order to share the charism of the Sisters of the Visitation, Georgetown Visitation offers a weekly digital spiritual reflection for members and friends of our Visitation family near and far. "Loving Life, Living Jesus" celebrates the spirit of love so beautifully lived in the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth in the mystery of the Visitation.

This spiritual friendship was later modeled in St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal and continues in the loving community of the Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary. We share this gift by offering these meditations written by members of the Visitation community. We hope they are examples of how Salesian Spirituality thrives within the people we know and love, and we pray that these reflections edify your own efforts to Live Jesus.

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Loving Life, Living Jesus Archive

Salesian Reflections On the Little Virtues

Throughout the year, different members of the Georgetown Visitation community are invited to share their own experience of our treasured Salesian charism at school Masses, Salesian Community Masses, School Government Association Cub-of-the-Month recognition assemblies, and other events.

Read a few of their inspired insights:
Olivia Wills Kane '85

I am touched by SGA’s invitation to reflect on the Salesian Little Virtue of simplicity. So much of what I understand of this unsung virtue has come from my being in relationship with the Sisters. They actually have monastery stationery and the back of the envelope is printed with words that speak beautifully to their life: “Salesian Simplicity - Monastic Fidelity.”  

Caroline '21

The one thing that makes this exchange so beautiful is the tabernacle that holds the Eucharist. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and so even if I do not know any of you, we are able to stand together in unity. That does not mean that we are immediately familiar with each other, but it means that we have something, at least one thing, in common, and that makes it easier to welcome each other into one another’s lives. Hospitality would be the obvious Salesian virtue to reflect upon this week, but through reflection, I found that humility was the better one.

Janet Donnelly Keller '79

As I thought about what to say to all of you today, I reflected on the path that I have chosen in my life. I chose professions that incorporate hospitality into them – as a math/science teacher for 20+ years and now in Admissions. It is so rewarding for me to welcome students and their families, but it is even more important to establish relationships.

by Anne Elizabeth Barr ‘18

I have one word to describe today: Weird. We are ushering in Lent with Ash Wednesday, perhaps the most solemn time of the year, all while celebrating Valentine’s Day, an extravagant holiday filled with heart-shaped chocolates, decadent gifts, and excess amounts of Fun Dip and Laffy Taffies. One minute we are showering each other with pink and red M&Ms, the next, our foreheads are being marked with a somber ashen cross. Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day . . . these feast days are polar opposites, they’re like oil and vinegar, fire and ice, night and day. They absolutely, positively cannot be reconciled. Or can they? Bear with me, but, I think they are actually perfect complements of one another. Why? Four simple words. Thoughtful Concern for Others.

Elizabeth (Izzy) Carroll ’18

The cliché about senior year being one of the most stressful times of one’s life so far cannot be more true. Between my mom asking me everyday if I’ve finished the 20 something supplementals for the twelve schools I'm applying to, to keeping my grades at an acceptable level, to sitting in my bed and stressfully watching Netflix, trying not to think about the quiz I have to study for in Dr. Pennybacker’s anatomy class tomorrow, to making sure that our final performance runs smoothly this afternoon and all our hard work and sleepless nights pay off, it’s hard to find time to think about anything else except what I’m caught up with in the moment.

Scott Troxell, Father of Meg '14 & Katie '20

Good morning!  And thank you, Father Patrick and Father Planning, for having me. I’m humbled and honored for the opportunity to speak with you all today here in this wonderful place.  I’m a long time Visi dad. My daughter, Katie is currently a sophomore here, and my daughter, Meg graduated in 2014. I also have two boys: my son, Jack graduated from Bishop Ireton, and my son, Danny is a senior at Gonzaga.