This morning we prayed, just like we pray every single morning here at Lourdes. Over the last year or so we have prayed for the same two little boys - Jack Karasack and Will Hughes. We pray for these little boys because they are suffering serious illnesses. As we pray for them, I would guess that most of us don’t think about them specifically - I just say their names, and we pray. Over the last week we have added Linda Merkel to our prayer list. Linda, who spent many years at Lourdes is very sick. When I said her name today, I saw her face, and I think my prayer was a little more heartfelt than usual.
We have been taught that we should make prayer a habit. That it should be something that we do every day without fail. Here at school the children pray in the mornings, they pray when they change classes, they pray before they eat and before they go home. It’s what I would call a “school habit.” Do you have prayer habits at home? Do your children pray before meals or before bedtime? If we don’t pray regularly, if we save our prayers for those times when we really need something, or when we are faced with tragedy I wonder how God hears those prayers? Is it like suddenly calling a distant relative we haven’t spoken to in years - and asking for a loan? Would we do that? I guess we would if we were desperate enough. But it would be so much easier to reach out and ask for help if we had taken the time to call and say “Happy Birthday”, or just to see how Aunt Tillie was doing.
In my life there have been times when I was desperate, and I had to hit my knees and beg God - to save my child or my friend. It was at those times when I really wished that God and I had been in touch more often - that my prayer habits had been well-established. I learned a couple of things from those times. I learned that God was suffering with me despite my poor prayer habits, and I also learned that when I have been talking to Him regularly, even when everything is going well - it’s a lot easier to ask for help when I need it.
"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts." - Mother Teresa
25-26 Hearing and Vision Screening
26 School Advisory Board Meeting, 6:00pm
27 Mass at 9:00am
Dismissal at 12:10pm
28 8th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser 10am-2pm, Lourdes Parking Lot
29 Confirmation Candidacy Mass, 9:00am
31 Halloween Parade, 2:00pm
1 All Saints Day Mass, 9:00am
2 All Souls Day prayer service, 8:00am, school gym
3 First Friday Mass 9:00am
End of 1st quarter
6 2nd Quarter Hot Lunch Starts
7 Book Fair Preview Day for Students & Open to all from 3-6:00 pm
8 Report Cards go home
Book Fair Open 7:30am-12:30pm & 3-6:00pm
9 12:10 Dismissal for Students - Parent Teacher Conferences 1:15-6:45pm
Book Fair Open 7:30-9:30am & 12-6:30pm
10 12:10 Dismissal for Students - Parent Teacher Conferences 1:15-5:45pm
Book Fair Open 7:30-9:30am & 12-4:30pm
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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