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The Power of Your Blessing

The power of a parent’s blessing to protect and sanctify children was the topic of a portion of Jesse Romero’s talk at the Christ Our Life Conference in Des Moines last weekend.  Twenty of us CK Sisters were privileged to attend.  As parents, you are charged with an awesome responsibility when God gives you a child.  It follows that He would grant you the corresponding gifts to raise them well.  What sense that makes that He would charge your blessing with efficacy!  The primacy of the supernatural over the natural would point toward the power of a parent’s blessing.

As teachers, we also have a formative responsibility.  Therefore, grace is to be had in blessings.  Our teachers often intercede for their children.  Some also bless them, either physically, or silently.

I asked some sixth graders how they feel about their daily blessing by Sister Mary Guadalupe as they leave the classroom.  I edited a few things in their comments, (mostly taking out “like”) but here’s what they said:  (The pictures do not necessarily correspond with the text under them.)

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I feel like she really cares about us.

She wants us to be safe.

They make me feel good inside especially if I have been flustered.

It makes you feel grateful; grateful for everything.

It makes me feel like you love me.

Happy that I learned a bunch of stuff and that good things happened during the day and that we had a fun time.

It just keeps God with you the rest of the day and throughout the night and it just seems to keep me happier.

She wants us to have a nice day.

I feel holy.

I feel that she does it to make us happy and to give extra graces to go on with our day.

It is hard to put into words….it makes me feel special.

It makes me feel safer and happier at the end of the day.

I think it’s great that she gives us an extra blessing; we always need extra blessings.

It makes me feel like our teachers really like us.

I feel like I am good when I leave.

The blessing at the end of the day means she cares for us.

At the end of the day I like it because then you feel like you’re not just leaving all empty.

I feel like it’s a good way to end the day.

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I encourage you to bless your children.  Trace the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads before they go to bed.  A little holy water can also help, but don’t let the lack of holy water hold you back.  Your love and the physical touch of blessing, reinforces the love you have for them and makes it tangible in yet another way.  A blessing mixes your love with the Father’s love, and pours it over them.  Can you think of anything better?

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WATERMELON!

img_37158B is the winner of the 18 hour turn in challenge for P4P.  The prize was two of our very own Motherhouse watermelons.  Being the chief gardener I snagged a couple melons.

img_3716The reception of the children was perfect.   They were courteous, grateful, appropriately pleased with themselves, and surprised.  For a moment I forgot I was dealing with children, they had the decorum of adults.  (In the society in which we live I probably should add refined adults.)  By the way, seed spitting in outdoor watermelon eating was encouraged, and can be done with dignity.  Note the perfect form on the young man on the right below!

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As we ate the watermelon and conversed, I learned that one of our eighth graders who is a recent arrival with his family from Ireland, had never eaten watermelon before.  They don’t grow them there.  He’s the one on the left below.  (I’m not allowed to use student names here.)  We are glad to help with the enculturation experience!

img_3711I’m not sure how they brought in $1500 in 18 hours, but nothing appears to be illegal; well done!  I love it when the big kids do what they can and take the leadership which they are capable of doing.  It makes positive reinforcement so easy.  So eighth graders, thanks!  May God continue to bless you and may you, along with all our children continue to grow in wisdom age and grace.  Thanks for your ready smiles!

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And thanks to all who are helping us build a playground, may our children know the freedom proper to the children of God.    They evidenced it beautifully today.

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Mother Teresa and the Playground?

I doubt that Mother Teresa would build a playground like ours. It is clearly a first world playground. Having said that, there are certainly a number of things about the playground of which she would have wholeheartedly approved.mother teresa

First and foremost, Mother Teresa would approve of loving and taking good care of children.  She would promote a culture which values life and has a deep-seated desire to do good for The Father’s children.  I pray that is the essence of our playground.IMG_3522

Though it’s only Wednesday there have been several things this week in the construction process in which Mother Teresa would have delighted. We had a mat construction crew here which originated out of New York State. They were very hard-working men whose job was more complicated than it originally appeared. The chalk lines reminded me of the process for laying ceramic tile.  The tiles were all a little bigger than the space between the lines to allow for contraction of the tiles in the winter and expansion in the summer.  The men were of Hispanic origin, Arturo was the foreman. He was a delightful man with a heart for people. We checked on his daily progress. It was not uncommon for the perimeter of the playground to be lined with youthful observers who were always welcomed.

Saturday’s “community build” was a blessing.  Kurt Daberkow recommended the day and made remote plans for it from the early meetings.  When I asked him on Sunday evening how it went as we looked at the equipment, his response was adamant: It was a true example of teamwork.  He said the foreman from Miracle really knew what he was doing, and had no issue with keeping 40 capable workers profitably occupied.  The Knights of Columbus teamed up with many of our parents to complete the project by 6 pm.  Thanks for working together well, reminding me of the Kingdom where we will all be working together to praise the Lord!

Mother Teresa, in union with the Church, promotes the dignity of the human person as we are all created by God in His image and likeness. Can you imagine those men’s job?  How hard to be on the road so much, away from home.  From here they go to Chicago, then Indianapolis, then back here Saturday to seal our tiles.  A little kindness seemed in order. On Monday one of our parents brought some sandwiches and about 45 second graders took them lunch. Four carried the card table.  A child or two took each chair.  Five kids transported sandwiches.  Five more carried chips.  Four kids were the beverage cart with bottled water.  Five kids took napkins (OK here we were scraping for jobs). One had the trash bag. Several held the doors along the way.  In the end we were only a couple jobs short of having something for everyone to do.  By the time the last ones got out there the first group had the table and chair set up nicely in the shade and soon everything was set.

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The gentlemen were thrilled with lunch.  We were going to get a picture.  Arturo wanted a picture also to send to his family. It was a good day. IMG_3520

Later another group took him cookies and a drink. We wanted to get everyone we could in the act.  We witnessed to kindness.  Mother Teresa did that every day many times.IMG_3492

During one of the recesses one of the workmen was headed to the trailer to get some supplies when the soccer ball came his way. We didn’t know we had a soccer player among our workers. He enjoyed those few minutes of dribbling the ball around with the kids.  Sister Mary Angela was out there for that scene and she said his smile couldn’t have been broader.FullSizeRender

Mrs. Seigrist took advantage of the opportunity to practice Spanish.  She went out with several groups and prayed with the children and the men.  Sometimes the children needed a script which she had readily provided.  The kids had an opportunity to ask a couple questions.  It was also fun for the children to listen in to a short lively and meaningful conversation between Mrs. Seigrist and the workers.

I think mother Teresa would’ve also enjoyed the blessing of the playground. The gathering was prayerful, invoking the Father’s goodness on the project, along with thanking the many donors for their help. We blessed the playground as the last tiles are being installed so that the blessing could be there before the play began.  “Run the race so as to win….”, the reader proclaimed…..Father Townsend used the asperges to sprinkle us with the blessing that reminded us of the Polish broom. There was no broom but we were thoroughly blessed. When we arrived for the blessing the workmen were busy finishing up. As we began, they, too, made the sign of the cross and a couple of them knelt down joining us in the blessing. The unity of our faith was evident.

After the blessing, as the workers were preparing to leave, Arturo asked if he could pray in the church for a few minutes.  I said, “of course, that’s what the church is there for! ”  I had one last item to retrieve and said I would meet him back there.  A few minutes later I went over to church and saw one man kneeling at the communion rail praying. He had on a bright orange shirt; Arturo’s shirt was black both days. I got the feeling that the chief always wore a black shirt. Wondering if that was him, I went up to the front of the church where I could see and knelt down to pray until he finished. He stayed there quite some time and when he left I met him in the vestibule thanked him again and gave him the information.  With heartfelt gratitude Arturo spoke of what a blessing it was to work at our church and school. The kindness we had given was obviously recognized and received with gratitude. God be praised in the simple giving and receiving among His people!  Yes, Mother Teresa would be pleased.IMG_3525signature with links

 

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Top Three Reasons I’m Glad to be Back

It is a joy for me to be returning to St. Peter School this year!  Having been at several schools in my Religious Life, can I tell you want makes our school unique, “It’s like coming home.”  Here are my top three:

  1. The family atmosphere of the teachers and staff struck me immediately as I returned to the opening meetings. I remember well from my previous years here, the beautiful rapport and the caring for one another.  I saw it again displayed at our open faculty meeting as we shared about summer experiences and prayer intentions came up.  There was a genuine concern and reaching out to those in need.
  2. A second highlight of our school is the beautiful respect shown by the students and reinforced by the teachers. When walking down the hall, a class will stop to let you pass.  Children hold doors for one another and for adults.  The junior high has students who hold the church doors for everyone and another student who has a hymnal ready to hand Father as he walks up the aisle to begin Mass.  Older boys being gentlemen letting girls precede them in the Communion line.  Such signs of respect and other-centeredness are skills/virtues that do not come naturally – especially in our culture!  The teachers and staff work together to promote this atmosphere and to instill this reverence for others in a way that is exceptional.
  3. Leadership is instilled in the children. I’ve had two opportunities to meet with new volunteers to the school.  But instead of me giving a tour, there are trained “tour guides” in each of the classrooms who can be called upon to show the adult the parts of our school and answer questions.  It is beautiful to see such initiative!  Again, this reflects highly of the leadership of the administration, teachers and staff who have taken time to prepare the children for this role so that they can grow in confidence and initiative.

Such a family atmosphere in St. Peter School reflects the beauty of family life and, ultimately, the beauty of the life we will have someday with the Blessed Trinity.  Your children are learning self-discipline, respect and reverence for those around them, and feel a sense of belonging.  Someday, they will be embraced by God’s love for all eternity and be in a relationship of love with all the saints.  It’s a gift to be a part of such an environment and I look forward to the abundance of graces the Lord has in store for all of us this year.

Finally, I look forward to meeting you for the first time, or again if I have taught your children in the past.  Please forgive me for being slow with names, however, as there are a lot more of your names  to remember than there is of mine!  Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your children at St. Peter’s!

God bless you!

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Pope Francis Appears to Kiss Sister Marie Amata!

Here’s the twenty five second video of the event.  The two CK Sisters are in the third pew, you can’t miss Sister Marie Amata’s white veil on the aisle.  Sister Mary Fidelis is beside her.   WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore

Sister returned the next day and shared her story at Mass on Friday.  Here’s the text of the sharing in Q and A format:

Sister Michael:  As you know, Sister Maria Amata got to go see the Holy Father and so I thought, “What an opportunity for us!” Welcome back, Sister. Thank you for sharing a few details with us. I have a few questions for you. Why were you blessed with the opportunity to go?

Sister Marie Amata:  The Holy Father wanted the Basilica to be filled with seminarians and novices to be part of the (canonization) Mass. So many communities sent their novices for the event. We to go to show the Holy Father that consecrated life is alive and well in the United States. We wanted to support him and show him that the Lord is still calling young people to give themselves totally to Him.  Young people are hearing that call and they’re responding.

Sister Michael:  At one point in the video it looks like the Holy Father is coming in and it’s almost like the Holy Spirit told him, “Turn right and kiss Sister Maria Amata’s hand.” Now I don’t know if that’s what was going on, but can you tell us more about that?

Sister Marie Amata:  Sure. He was coming down the aisle and was being led by Monsignor Rossi, who is the rector of the Basilica.  Monsignor directed the Holy Father to the elderly woman who was sitting right in front of me. She’s the mother of a bishop from that area, so he came directly over to her and right away she gave him a kiss on the cheek.

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The Rest of the Story

Sister Michael:  You were in the third row. How did you get those seats?

Sister Marie Amata:  That was completely providential!  We were there at 10:00 in the morning and the Holy Father didn’t come until 4 o’clock. So when Sister Mary Fidelis and I got there, we were trying to figure out where to sit…we were plotting and scheming about what would be the closest place to where he would go. There were a number of men in blue who were volunteers; they were helping direct people to the seats. So one volunteer came over to us and said, “Sisters, are you looking for a seat?”  We said that we were and he motioned with his finger and said “Come with me.” He walked over to the set of pews on the right, directly in front of the sanctuary space, and he pulled up the rope that was blocking it off, and he let us right in.  Why that happened…it was a total gift from the Lord. It was incredible.

Sister Michael:  So the Holy Father was right there in front of you did you touch him?

Sister Marie Amata:  I did not touch him though he was close enough to touch. If he would’ve put out his hand and I would’ve put out mine, we would not even have had to stretch to shake hands.  But he was so intent on the woman in front of me and she was so loving to him…she just wanted to embrace him, wanted to give him a kiss. So that was their time. That was a grace that God had given to that woman to be able to show her affection and show her love for him. It felt that there were a lot of emotions happening in all of us, I’m sure, but there was something in me that said, “This grace, this time is for her.” and it would break it up if anyone reached over to grab him and so that was a gift. When you’re with the Holy Father, when you’re that close to him, everyone wants to touch him. But that grace and that gift are given to some and it felt wrong to grab at it, to take it. To receive it when it’s given is one thing, but to take it when it’s not given is something else. So that gift was given to that woman. How I was able to get a picture of that (moment) is pretty much a miracle in itself because I was shaking so much. There was so much emotion but it was just an incredible picture of her and the Holy Father right there. That picture has already been sent to her so she has that picture forever.

Sister Michael:  And so you didn’t touch him physically but did you sense something when he was right there?

Sister Marie Amata:  Yes, there was so much going on, with heightened emotion and time seems to change, it’s incredible because something happens to time. It’s almost like things are going so fast and they’re going in slow motion, too. It’s really an incredible feeling. What was happening at that time was this very strong feeling of gratefulness and awe at the power of the chair of Peter and really knowing that that is the successor of Peter…Peter who knew Jesus intimately. You feel that when you’re with the Holy Father and when he’s right there, it’s really experienced. It’s a great gift.

Sister Michael:  We could kind of see that from behind, we had the aerial view, and after he left, your head turned back and forth and seemed to say, “Did you see that?!” and you put your hand on your head. And so there was grace in it, for not only everyone who was present, but thank you for coming back to us and sharing the experience with us so that we can benefit and receive grace from His visit also.

Sister Marie Amata:  I brought all of you there in my prayer and so you were definitely there in spirit and this is the power of the communion of the Church. So you were there in my heart and in my prayers, each one of you.

Sister Michael:  One last question, Sister. I’d like you to comment on the spirit in the Basilica. You were there for six hours waiting. What was that like?

Well, there was a lot of energy that was just building throughout the day. I guess I can only speak for myself and Sister Mary Fidelis, but even though we were there for so long waiting, we were not tired. There was so much energy. What was really incredible about it is that the Basilica was packed; it was shoulder to shoulder; all the pews were filled. And so right in front of where we were sitting, there was a big screen set up where we could see the Mass that was happening outside to our right. And so when the Holy Father was driving up in the Popemobile, we all started cheering; the whole Basilica was cheering. It was just filled with cheering and what was really neat about it is that we could tell from where he was driving outside where he would come up into the church. So he was driving toward the back and he got out and we saw the door that he went into and everyone knew he was going to be coming from the back left corner of the church. So when he was driving up, we were all cheering, but as soon as he entered the building, the whole basilica was silent and we just looked to the back in anticipation of seeing him, finally there with us. The whole place was totally silent. Then when we saw the white of his vestments, we started cheering again. The other incredible thing was that after he came all the way down the main aisle, he went up to the sanctuary space. People were still cheering and then he raised his hand to his forehead in order to begin to make the sign of the cross and his lips were moving so you knew he was talking. As soon as his hand went up, there was complete silence again throughout the whole Basilica. He has such a powerful presence. After that, he made a visit to the Blessed Sacrament and when he was praying there, again, it was totally silent. I don’t know how many people the Basilica seats, but it’s very large, so for such a large crowd to become silent within just a couple seconds was remarkable to experience.

Sister Michael:  That’s a truly Catholic crowd that knew when to rejoice…when to cheer and when to be silent. Thank you for sharing, Sister!

We also had five Sisters attending the World Meeting of Families.  Here are three pictures they sent back.

CKs with Pope Francis and a Swiss Guard

CKs with Pope Francis and a Swiss Guard

CK Sisters with Fr. Kane

CK Sisters with Fr. Kane

CK with Mounted Police

CK with Mounted Police

They will be sharing some of the choicest parts of the World Meeting of Families at the SFA meeting on Oct. 20th.  Hope to see you there!  I am excited to hear their stories when we get home to the Motherhouse this weekend!  God bless.signature with links

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God’s Spoiled Spouses

While our new convent should not be the topic of too many blogs, I just can’t help it.  Gratitude demands that it get an entry.  Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU.  It has been so delightful not only to walk to and from school, but to live simply in the neighborhood here.  Thanks to Father Christensen and the many parishioners who have helped get the convent ready and take care of us to this day.  We feel like God’s spoiled children.

Our convent home is located at 6225 S. 44th.  Six doors down the street if you drive right across from the new parking lot.  On a normal day you would recognize our home by the large Marian statue out front(Mary crowned Queen of Heaven, so appropriate for us School Sisters of Christ the King), and if you miss that, you won’t miss the large papal flag flying by the front door.  Sister Mary Gabriel is the chief of flag control.  IMG_2290She flies the American flag on patriotic feasts holidays, lest we be accused of undue bias.

Sister Mary Maximilian is custodian of the plants in the landscaping keeping them nice and moist so they survive the shock of moving to our house. IMG_2288

Sister Marie Amata, the white veiled novice in the group who assists in Sister Mary Maximilian’s room, not only loves to cook, but HOT food.  Here she is with a red jalapeno peper, right next to the grill which has served us well repeatedly.  We won’t be giving her any competition for that red pepper!IMG_2286

Sister Peter Marie, pictured here with our first broken glass, really should have a cookie in her hand, as her favorite hobby is to eat!  Since she is down at Benedictine College until next week, I had to pull up an old picture, commemorating our first broken dish. Cephas

I’m sort of the queen of fix it, adding little finishing touches like hanging pictures, and towel rods.  I’m on my second box of 25 wall anchors, so far none of them are showing when the job is finished. FullSizeRender(Don’t miss Bob the Tomato suspended from the ceiling as the hanging stop for the car.)

Can you tell we love the place?  Thanks for making it possible…..and if that were not enough, (which it clearly is!), some of you are bringing us dinner.  I really feel spoiled.  You work hard, too, at family life and it’s many facets, and nobody brings you dinner.  We are blessed far beyond anything we deserve.  “Lord, bless these, Your people who are so good to us, bless them abundantly please, you have blessed us through them, now enable us to be a blessing to them, not only though their children at school, but also through our petitions in gratitude.”

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“Oh Give Me a Home, Where St. Peter’s Kids Roam…..”

We sang the song at the “Chili Cookoff”.  The “Home”, is also known as St. Peter Convent.  We are really looking forward to living here in the neighborhood.  Father Christensen, with the help of a benefactor and a few friends, has acquired a house for us, which is in the process of becoming a convent.  That process has been quite graced thus far.  In the last week God has been overwhelming me with the same thing over and over:

Generous people. Not only the benefactor who has provided much of the funding, but the people along the way.  People with knowledge about the process, like realtors, our volunteer “general contractor” for the project (wow, is he a get-the-job-done guy), and so many people along the way.  The PCCW women are helping to get the word out so others, who are poised to help, will be able to do so with ease.  These are the kind women who would have showed up at the Nativity with a hot meal and blankets, rather than gold, frankincense and myrrh, if they had lived 2000 years earlier.  Like Mary they see needs and respond.

Earlier this week, the three of us Sisters were over at the house for a few minutes.  I stayed a little longer as I was working on fixing a microwave handle.  I couldn’t get the thing off.  Tried for a few minutes and then wrote down the model number to look it up.  As I left the house, a parent who fixes gutters showed up to fix the south end which needed new downspouts.  He took off the little ones and added larger ones, as he said they were a bit undersized.  He was half way through the job when I headed back toward school.  Three houses down a neighbor was standing in the drive talking to a fellow who was spraying his weeds.  What a great opportunity to meet one of the neighbors, I thought.  We exchanged introductions, I quietly admired (and tried to decipher) his tattoos.  The gentleman introduced me to a cohort of his who was spraying the lawn, and we chatted.  The fellow with the sprayer said, “I’ve got half a sprayer of chemical here, do you want me to put it on your dandelions.”

“That would be great, thanks,” I responded.

Then the neighbor said, “If there’s ever anything I can do let me know.”  I told him about the microwave handle, he came down to take a look.  Three people, not one or two, but three people were all helping at the same time, spontaneously converging.  I’m praying we will be a source of charity in the neighborhood, we might be the beginning of some of it, but for now, we are the recipients of kindness from many angles (I did mean angles, but maybe angels is a better word choice).  God is overwhelming me with people’s goodness.  Just now another parishioner volunteered to do the window treatments.

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We are so grateful!  Charity wins hands down!  Charity wins for us, charity wins for you, charity wins for the Kingdom.  “Love never fails.”  Corinthians 1:13.  Long after the convent is in ruins and we are all dead, the charity will continue to have effect, and we will all be so glad we helped.  May the Lord enable us to do so regularly.  God is blessing us!

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The Biggest Surprise at Christmas from the Other Side

Recently someone passed along a short poem about a loved one who had died, and that Christmas in heaven was a good thing, a very good thing.  I couldn’t wait to see the original.  I’ll add it at the end, but it made me think about what it will be like when we see more clearly.  Though I enjoyed the poem, I thought it fell short of what I had hoped for.  When I see from the other side, I’m imagining that I’ll think something like this:

“Are you kidding, “as I gaze upon the magnitude and omnipotence of the Trinity, overwhelmed with his glory, beauty, goodness and love.  “HE did THAT!”  realizing the chasm between the fragile Son Incarnate lying in a feeding trough, as I see the fullness of His majesty , equal to the Eternal Father .  I think the magnitude of the condescension of the Incarnation will strike me with paralyzing amazement  causing me to fall to my knees in delight.  I think the magnitude exceeds the degree my puny little mind can comprehend.  Yet, it seems good to try, lest I yawn in boredom and let my limited human nature keep me from the grace at hand.

Christmas in Heaven (original)

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny lights like heaven’s stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular please wipe away that tear
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring
For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I can’t tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place
Can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?

I’ll ask him to lift your spirit as I tell you of your love
So, then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing
For I am spending Christmas in heaven and I’m walking with the King.
by Wanda Bencke

Blessed Advent to you and Blessed Christmas, also.

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Children Giving

Can 13 year olds change the world?  They certainly can do good which changes things!  This week I heard a testimonial about some faith filled 13-year-olds. It reminded me of some of our own kids. To help prepare for Jesus’ coming, the student council has begun a penny drive for Catholic Relief Services. The children with a little direction from their faculty advisor have put together a simple school wide program.  They have containers in all the classrooms and are encouraging the children to give from the goodness of their heart. The Student Council members went from room to room to tell the children of the program.

In the midst of their presentation they stated that the main reward for giving will be from our Lord for your goodness as well as your own knowledge of having done good to others.  That reflects level D and C motivation, to please the Lord and help us get along well with one another (as opposed to A and B which serve myself only).

Today before school in the courtyard it was good to see many kids clutching their change, some in plastic bags some in bare little hands.  I could see kids showing something to one another, when I went to check it out…..little fists of change.

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As two Student Council members were preparing to announce the program to all the children in the school after Mass on Monday, I had an interesting dialogue with one of the girls. We were talking about the good that can be done with a little money in some of the very poor countries.  She told of her sister’s sponsorship of two girls from Guatemala, providing for them on a monthly basis for a number of years.  After several years she was notified that the young women were on their own and no longer in need of the support for education and daily sustenance. This young woman was a little disappointed that they didn’t need her sister’s sponsorship anymore.

When her birthday rolled around she asked her mom if she could sponsor a child of her own. So at the ripe old age of eleven, she adopted the sponsorship of Wadley, a four-year old boy from Haiti, pictured below.  She told of Wadley, who shares her same birthday, with great joy.  She spoke of planning for his birthday and buying things that would be useful to him, little, simple things like pencils, school supplies and stickers. The blessing of giving exuded from this young woman and brings great delight to my heart to see such generosity and joy in living the Gospel as Jesus would have us. Amen Alleluia and thank you for helping me prepare for Jesus coming this Advent

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Here’s one more example from beyond our walls, from Matthew Kelly:

Every day I am impressed by the incredible and generous people I meet who are willing to lay down their own lives to re-energize the Church in America. Below is a message from one of the most remarkable people I know who has teamed up with Dynamic Catholic to make history. I am excited to share it with you.-Matthew Kelly
In January 2014, I decided to make history… by helping re-energize the Church in America. At 13 years old some say I am too young, but I knew I could prove them wrong!It started 3 years ago when I would go with my mom to pick my brother up from school. In the car, my mom always played one of Matthew Kelly’s first CDs, and I loved it. A year later, my mom and I started going to daily Mass together, even though it wasn’t always easy to wake up. After Mass I would go to the Adoration Chapel. I think there’s just something amazing about sitting and talking to Jesus about your life.Then, last January, my dad and I went to a Matthew Kelly event. We loved it! I always wanted to help Dynamic Catholic, so when I heard about the Ambassadors Club I signed up to be a Dynamic Catholic Ambassador, committing to a monthly gift of $5.

It sounds strange that a 13-year-old would give away money, but it’s not as hard as you think. I can usually earn $5 per month by serving weddings at my church. From that, I earn enough to make donations.

Some 13-year olds might give money because their parents force them. But in my case, I was the one who really wanted to donate. I like to see exactly what my money goes toward, and I see Dynamic Catholic inspiring many people, old and young, to a deeper love for God. I know that our Church needs some help, and I think that Dynamic Catholic is doing what needs to be done!

 13 year old testimonial!

In Christ’s Love,

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Spanish – Speaking the Lingo in Real Life

Our SFA gave a fleece to the teachers a few years ago.  Today I took a fleece to those who were not here when we did the original gift, one of whom was Miss Winter.  She was teaching 5th grade and so I asked her to leave for a minute and go out of the room beyond ear shot.  I asked the children if they could tell her we have a fleece for her using only Spanish.  At first they thought they couldn’t, but then someone found jacket on their vocabulary sheet, and they all knew blue, azure.  It became clear that the communication was possible.  So back she came and away they went.  We were mispronouncing the Spanish word for jacket, but with a few hand gestures the communication came off well.  Blue, helped as did San Pedro….Here’s the class with Miss Winter and her fleece.  Sometimes the enjoyment of education surpasses our anticipation, and sometimes the education we are instilling far surpasses our own.  (It is a bit embarrassing to say the kids here know more Spanish than I do.  But the measure of a good education is not calibrated to my education or yours, but that which we are capable of accomplishing.  We aim to give the kids our best, and all that we can.)  Thanks, fifth graders and Miss Winter for a delightful educational encounter, both in giving and in communicating.

looking at the fleece

looking at the fleece

Miss Winter and the 5th graders

Miss Winter and the 5th graders

In Christ’s Love,

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