Category Archives: College Guidance

The Seven Deadly Sins Series with Rev. William “Geoff” Smith

The Bible says that a man who controls his temper is better than a man who can overthrow a city. Jesus himself says that anger can start a process in which an individual and the communities of which he is a part can devolve into the fires of hell. Paul says that unchecked anger gives a foothold to Satan. If anger is so dangerous and so difficult to overcome, what can we do about this powerful passion that dwells within us?

The Bible and the Christian tradition through the ages offer several solutions. We’ll start with tradition and end with Scripture. Thomas Aquinas makes the point that

one must distinguish between just and unjust anger.

Just anger is anger which desires to correct sin (whether personal or in others). Unjust anger is anger which wishes to harm others or get even. Knowing these distinctions can be very helpful, as we can ask, if we’re angry, “Do I wish to harm another or to correct sin? If I wish to harm, I should shut my mouth and not act right now. If I wish to correct a sin, I should measure my words to do exactly that and nothing more.” Another strategy, which Jesus recommends, is to take extreme ownership over your community, team, or family and if you are about to worship then remember that if you have wronged another, go reconcile immediately.

In other words, the Christian is a part of a kingdom whose citizens all take 100% ownership of their actions and therefore try to right whatever wrongs they have done.

A final strategy is one offered by Paul the Apostle. In Philippians 4:8-9, he recommends thinking of the best in others so that we might experience the peace of God in the midst of interpersonal conflict.

Coming up this week at SoLaR Chapel…”Pride!”

Annapolis Welcomes New Guidance Counselor

Annapolis is proud to welcome the newest member of the team, Mrs. Joanne Bielecki, who has been hired to oversee Annapolis’ 7th – 12th Grade guidance programs.  JoAnne was born and raised in New Britain, CT and attended the University of Connecticut. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital and obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2004. Since then, JoAnne has worked as a caseworker for ten years and as a school psychologist for an additional two.

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Senior Spotlight: Melissa Wilmot, 2015 ACA Valedictorian

Corpus Christi, Texas, is not Aiea, Hawaii. It’s a fact not lost on those of us who live here, and it was certainly not lost on thirteen year old Melissa Wilmot when her family received orders from Honolulu to her parents’ native Texas. A new climate, a new school, and a new (school) requirement for closed-toed shoes were not welcome adjustments to Melissa’s eighth grade year.  Five years later, graduating as valedictorian of ACA’s Class of 2015, Melissa has clearly navigated those changes successfully. Through volleyball, basketball, track, painting, drawing, and writing, Melissa has contributed her time, her talents, and her humor to the ACA community.

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