Helping children and youth flourish

I used to walk to church every day, but now it takes too long, and I miss not being about to leisurely soak in the break of morn. I also mourn the limits of not walking as well as I would like.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I drove to mass this morning with the windows rolled down; the land smelled fresh and new after a heavy night’s rain. I used to walk to church every day, but now it takes too long, and I miss not being about to leisurely soak in the break of morn. I also mourn the limits of not walking as well as I would like.Fr. Steve of St. Joseph's Indian School

I only had one meeting today. I spent a lot of time in the office to begin working on schedules and calendar events. The new school year isn’t that far away.

For the last 6 months, it really has been one day at a time. But I’m starting to think long term again – in a good and healthy way. When I’m aware of important events coming down the road, I am more likely to do the preparation that makes them more successful.

This evening the folks in our dining hall held a baby shower for a couple on staff who recently had twins. Karla works in the kitchen; Brenton in our Rec Center. The girls were born two months early, spending their first five weeks in the hospital. They’re tiny, but lovely. I think of babies as one of God’s greatest miracles. Yet I also see their dependence and remember the responsibility it puts on all of us to build a society where all children (and adults, too!) can flourish.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

3 thoughts on “Helping children and youth flourish”

  1. Father Steve..YOU ARE building your dream ! Hang onto it and keep teaching it, because today tghe Culture of Death is walking through too many of us with his handy scythe..!
    You keep the dream of better things alive..!
    And know that you are one of the few who do that …
    God is blessing you, and guiding your steps..Just as he guided the steps of Junipero Serra.
    And because you are blessed you are guioding others.
    Prayers and Hugs
    Mia and Bob

  2. I’m willing to venture the opinion that one day in the not too distant future, you will be walking to mass again.

    I was just thinking yesterday that it must be about time for classes to start. I’m sure the children are looking forward to their return as much as you are. Jean

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