Efforts into work, school and prayer

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Since St. Paul spoke about not loafing in today’s scriptures, my homily focused on putting our best efforts into work, school and prayer. I don’t know what impact it will have on study habits, but we keep trying to reinforce that message. You usually get out of something what you put into it.

At the announcement time, I was pleased to introduce to our students a woman who graduated in the class of 1947.  Afterward she spoke to me about what  little they had at St. Joseph during the early days, especially during the years of WWII.  When it came her turn to clean up the church and organize all the prayer books in the pews, Father rewarded her with  three jelly beans–but that was a treasure to her. She ran to her sister, cut one of the jelly beans in half, and shared the treat – one and a half jelly beans each!

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.

2 thoughts on “Efforts into work, school and prayer”

  1. Father Steve..if you only could know how we treasure your letters ! This one is priceless ! Too many of us have forgotten the days of WWII. I was in Winslow, Arizona. Another wild outpost. Yes in deedy doo. We had many small treasures and “Spirit Gifts”..but they were the Greatest !
    When will your book be printed..?
    We are waiting for it…
    Hugs and Prayers..
    Mia and Bob

  2. Father,

    I am new to this site but a donor from years past.

    I’ll be sending what I can here in a few days. I am writing because my address has changed and I’d like to convey that to you in a less public forum.


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