This week will be one of the busiest weeks on the Villanova College calendar. With assessment pieces on the desk, preparation for the AFAS Exchange, Inter-House Athletics Carnival and the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF), many of our boys are fully engaged in a true holistic education.
These occasions require the X factor. What is that elusive factor that turns nervous pretenders into confident winners, and relative unknowns into champions? There must be more to it than confidence and self-belief. Maybe the X factor is an absolute confidence built solidly on hard work, natural skill and deep desire. Sure, often we want to win, but do we really want to win, not just at head level or even heart level, but deeply at the gut level?
I think X factor is that deep desire to achieve, perform, succeed, heal, forgive and love. I would suggest that each one of us needs to be passionate at this level about somebody or something. But this would not mean that you lose balance or perspective, for true deep desire always focuses on the deeper ‘why’ of the struggle or quest. True passion will build up the people caught up in its energy and lead to love. False passion becomes fanaticism, where the end justifies means.
What drives you? What do you long for; what are you hungry for? St. Augustine searched and searched, lost and unfulfilled. Ultimately, he found the source of his fulfilment, his passion, in his God. Augustine said, ‘You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’ May our hearts find rest at the tops of mountains, in the eyes of loved ones, the laughter of children or as we reflect on the little bit we did to leave this world a more loving and just place.
I look forward to sharing the events of the week with all members of our community, especially as our musicians share their gifts, talents, passions and X factor at QCMF. A warm invitation is extended to all to celebrate Mass in Goold Hall on Sunday 18 August at 7.30am.
Mr Steven Bremner, Principal (Acting)