Visitors and sunshine give new perspective

I’ve received so many prayers for my healing and recovery, and I am grateful for each one. The prayers and kind thoughts seem to be working as I continue to mend!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Two visitors brightened my day!

Fr. Byron drove in from Milwaukee to check in on how I’m doing. He was my formation director and mentor during my college years and retreat director several times after. He hadn’t been to St. Joseph’s in 13 years, so I took some time to give him a tour to see what’s new since then.

For more than an hour, we walked the campus and met people who explained their role at St. Joseph’s. I learn something new and appreciate more each time I hear staff reflecting on their jobs.

But, I also realized at the end of our tour that was the most walking I’ve done in some time. With a good friend at my side, and a nice sunny day, I just didn’t feel so sore and tired in my leg!

Bishop Blase Cupich of Rapid City also stopped in to see how I’m doing, and he joined us for lunch. Recently, we heard he’ll be leaving Rapid City to oversee the Spokane, Washington diocese. I felt it was even nicer of him to take the time to see me given all the transition and wrapping up that he has to do in the next month.

At the end of his visit, we went to the chapel and each said a prayer for each other. I’ve received so many prayers for my healing and recovery, and I am grateful for each one. The prayers and kind thoughts seem to be working as I continue to mend!

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.

5 thoughts on “Visitors and sunshine give new perspective”

  1. Such good news from you today ! And how lucky for FR.Byron and Bishop Cupich that they could be blessed by a visit with you !
    I betcha a nikkel that when they left there they had a spring in their steps and a song in theit hearts that is going to last awhile..!Q
    You seem to have that effect on people..They all seem to realize that you are the son of a very rich Father..Suppose..?
    The foot and leg are better, but one GOOD thing from that bad expereience is..now you have something that binds you, somehow, in a very special way,to Fr. Junipero Serra…Sometime, on one of your walks, you may want to listen for his voice in the trees…or somewhere..Maybe he has somethiong to say to you..?
    Always Our Prayers..
    Mia and Bob

  2. Dear Father Steve;
    I am so uplifted that you are getting better and better all the time. I hope you have a good summer. Take it easy and God Bless Patricia Latham

  3. Father Steve, I do not write everyday, but YOU are in my prayers morning and night. So nice that you had the company that means so much to you as YOU do to them in return. Please continue to rest and try NOt to overdo. My Prayers and Christin LOVe to you. As ever, NITA MARIE

  4. Fr. Steve,

    It is so good to read your blogs again–as I said before, I so thoroughly enjoy them.

    I continue my prayers for you–may your recovery continue!!

    Love and many prayers,
    Pat

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