Anyway, I was attempting to look for signals that all was part of God's plan. I know He lets us in on His Plans now and again, so I was hoping He'd drop me a little line to let me know that all was well.
He did. He always does when you ask.
I was talking to a friend of mine about how they're gonna go about renaming our schools. Someone had made the joke that they should rename the newly merged school "Cardinal Dougherty Catholic Elementary School" to spite the Archdiocese for closing Cardinal Dougherty High School last year (which is where all of us Inky / St. Helena's kids went upon graduating 8th grade).
I laughed - I think it's a hilarious idea. But upon further reflection, St. William's and St. Cecilia's (two other schools that are merging) could technically also claim that name as they, too, were feeder schools for Cardinal Dougherty High.
So as I thought of it more, I said, "I really hope it's something Marian."
Then I realized what Incarnation and St. Helena's had in common...
The Incarnation was Christ becoming Flesh. The Word of God took up human form and was born of the Blessed Mother. He was laid in a cradle of wood, scorned and ignored by His own people.
St. Helena was granted the grace of finding the True Cross of Christ, where once more He was scorned and eventually killed by His People.
Love brought Christ forth through His Incarnation at the behest of Our Lady's "Fiat." Love, many years later, brought Christ forth to the Cross at the behest of His Father's Will. Our two schools are like bookends for the life of Christ. A circle of love, hope and fulfillment.
God is with us, even in so dark a time. This thought truly brought me so much comfort. His Hand guides us, and though Incarnation School will cease to exist, the family we forged, the lessons we learned, and the love that we share will always remain - passed on to future generations through our lives' examples.