When I went over to the office to write some letters, I expected the place to be empty, but ran into a group of high school boys doing their Sunday afternoon bible study class led by one of our houseparents Mike. While our Catholic students receive their own catechism, we provide a non-denominational instruction for our students who come to us from other traditions. There are also times we bring in elders who are able to do Lakota (Sioux) ceremonies, like a sweat inipi on the grounds of the campus.
Spirituality and faith are two strong emphases of our program.
Our area SCJs gathered tonight for supper and a time of prayer and recollection. Brother Duane Lemke is visiting us from our formation house in Chicago and led the reflection session. We reflected on our SCJ constitutions, which call us to help bear one another’s burdens. My reflection centered on how many people rallied to help me this past year while I carried the burden of cancer. The support and affirmation I’ve received and many prayers have done wonders, perhaps miracles, in helping me recover.