Daily Lessons

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fr. Dominic is visiting us, helping out at the downtown parish for a week. I invited him to join me for supper at the Raphael Home (1st – 3rd grade boys). I saw aside of him unbeknownst to me, when Dominic saw a deck of cards and asked the students if they wanted to see a trick. Time after time he pulled the cards from the deck the children were looking for. They crowded around, quiet and mesmerized, begging him to show them “one more time.” The boys were convinced he was magical.

Besides seeing the boys at their excited best, he also got a glimpse of the difficulties of houseparenting. While we were at a table, two boys argued over who should have the parmesan cheese first; which led to name calling, hurt feelings and tears. The houseparents addressed the situation right away. We use the conflicts as teachable moments. Urging children not to fight,  learn respect and cooperation is an ongoing battle. We adults need to be reminded of those same lessons too!

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 90 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.

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