Pursue Your Dreams

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stopping by the Akta Lakota Museum, I was introduced to Bruce. He went to school here in the 60’s just for a brief time, but that first time away from home made a big impact on him. Bruce has been a respected sculptor for many years now, and showed some marble works that the museum is in the process of acquiring. I offered him a tour of the campus, which stirred many memories and stories.

We ate supper with the Ambrose boys (1st – 3rd grade) which gave him a glimpse of what he may have been like at the same age when he attended St. Joseph’s. The boys were full of both questions and things they wanted to share. Daiss showed Bruce drawings of cars that he had done. Jashon brought out a ceramic cup he made in art class. Bruce encouraged our students to pursue their dreams. Those words ring truer from one who has been in their shoes.

I went to the office at night to finish up some paperwork and ran into the High School girls gathered in a prayer circle outside the building, as part of their Daughters of Tradition meeting. Afterwards they stopped by my office and told me they’d been including prayers for my own health, strength and healing. Their care lifted my spirits in a significant way.

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.

4 thoughts on “Pursue Your Dreams”

  1. Fr.Steve, You must know that your children, LOVE YOU, and ALL PRAY for YOU; as YOU ARE NEEDED in THEIR LIVES; and OURS’-.

    Cynthia’MILLER’- skaggs

  2. Fr. Steve: I turned on my email this morning to find a “slew” of email blogs! I just finished reading them all and wanted to say Thanks! for such great reading. I enjoyed each and every one. Your visit with family and a fellow limping Fr. Steve sounded almost idyllic.

    By the way: How did the boys like their trip to Mystic? I hope they got a “Mystic Pizza”! I would love a follow up blog telling us what they thought of the ocean.

    It’s so wonderful to hear how the lives that St. Joseph’s is touching are becoming richer, brighter, happier and wider. God Bless all there.

  3. Yeppers..! Everyone loves you…! The good words you spread travel FAR..
    We look so forward to your blogs, so finding a list of them on the internet this morning, was like finding something better thana pot of gold there..!
    Mia and Bob

  4. One of the things I have learned from my spirituality is the power of NOW. That what you do right now affects the entire rest of your life, and that you are a conglomoration of every one you meet and every experience you’ve had. This sounds like a very simple thing to figure out, but when you are being bombarded by emotions- it’s not as easy as it sounds.
    We have free will and that means that we choose most of what we do and who we choose to be around, outside of our home circumstances.
    It is so important that you are able to show these children that there is a whole different world out there.That things do not have to be the way they are at home, when home is a nightmare.That life need not be ugly for them,too.
    It’s even better that they were exposed to someone who did just that.

    -Diana Asbury

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