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New Club Spotlight: The Cannonball Society

Liam McDonald '17, Contributor

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The Cannonball Society is a new club at BC High that focuses on vocational discernment. Like groups at other Jesuit high schools, this club is inspired by the real life and conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As most of us know, before his conversion, St. Ignatius was a wealthy soldier who was overwhelmed by worldly desires. At the Battle of Pamplona, he was hit by a cannonball, badly breaking one of his legs. Ignatius was bedridden for an entire year while his injured leg recovered. During this year, he discovered a deep new interest in his faith while reading the only two books available to him: the Bible, and “The Lives of the Saints.”

The name “Cannonball Society” comes directly from Ignatius’ experience and recovery. This group encourages its members to deny the worldly desires and the pressures they face from family, friends, and the media to seek money above all else. We believe that submitting to these worldly temptations deprives us of true happiness and fulfillment. Through prayer, reflection, and group discussion, we ask that our members be open to the influence of the Holy Spirit in deciding what they will do with their lives. While making money is important in today’s world, we cannot let this desire overwhelm us. The goal of this group is not to turn its members into priests or “holy rollers,” but rather to encourage them to find and follow their inner calling.

In the Parable of the Faithful Servant, Jesus tells us, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”  (Lk. 12:48). Given our privileged position as students and faculty of BC High, no matter what profession we ultimately take on, we need to serve in some aspect of our lives. Like Ignatius, we must look beyond our own selfish desires and discern what is most important, keeping in mind our duty to help those most in need.

This year, I look forward to helping all members of the Cannonball Society achieve a better idea of what their future career might look like. The process of discerning a vocation is difficult for most teenagers, but under the direction of the Holy Spirit, we must trust that we will all end up where we need to be. We welcome you to join the Cannonball Society to find where that is for you.

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New Club Spotlight: The Cannonball Society