Daily Prayers

April, 6, 2020

Prayer from the Brother Bob Schieler, Superior General for the Christian Brothers

Lord Jesus Christ, in your mercy and compassion look kindly upon us. Bless our nurses, doctors, researchers and all healthcare personnel with courage and strength as they continue to care for our sick sisters and brothers.
May your Holy Spirit inspire in all Lasallians a sense of social responsibility and guide us  to follow the directives of medical experts and governments so that together we can ensure the well being of all, especially of those who are poor and have limited or no access to healthcare.

Grant to each of us, Lord, the eyes to see our relatives, neighbors and friends who are alone, who have lost loved ones or who need a good Samaritan to do their shopping or assist with other basic needs. Give us a compassionate heart that moves us to generously respond to those in distress.
Lord Jesus Christ, in your mercy and compassion look kindlyupon all members of the Lasallian Family.
Bless all of us with peace and good health. May the angels lead those who have died into paradise.  Amen.

Prayer: By Kitty O’Meara

And the people stayed home.

And read books, and listened, and rested,

and exercised, and made art, and played games,

and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And listened more deeply.

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.

Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant,

dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways,

the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again,

they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images,

and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,

as they had been healed.

Prayer for the Class of 2024 and All For Our Students and Families

God, we need your peace and continued love. Our attention is focused on the circumstances we are currently struggling with. We are exhausted, frightened, and unsure.

We continue to pray and keep all of your children in our hearts. As a Lasallian Community, we send our blessings to all of our students and their families. Special prayers for the Class of 2024 as they begin their high school experience at Saint Mary’s College High School.

We ask for special blessings to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, and those who are helping others locally and around the world in providing for others.

God, we ask for your blessings on our Lasallian Educators and educators across the country and a special thank you and blessings for the primary educators of our students – for all of you. Blessings to all of you and your families.

Amen

Holocaust Remembrance Day

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. For not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories” – Elie Wiesel

As we mark Holocaust Memorial Day, We remember before God the thousands of victims who perished under the years of Nazi atrocities.  We pray for the survivors and their relatives. We pray for the eradication of evil and prejudice inflicted upon men, women, and children because of their race, religion, abilities, or their sexual orientation. 

We pray for a better world

We Pray for Peace.

Amen

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Times of Anxiety and Depression

I pause (breathe in and out) and thank you for this day.
For the challenges, the emotions, the struggle.
For in all this, I grow closer to you.
I pause (breathe in and out) and ask that in the darkness,
I see your light and in my fear, I feel your strength.
I pause (breathe in and out) and remember that today,
As in days before,
I have survived.
When I’ve wanted to run, I’ve stayed.
When I wanted to hide, I’ve faced the day.
I pause (breathe in and out) and resolve to love myself
and others more tomorrow.
And always feel your spirit surround me in safety.
I pause (breathe in and out) and rest.
– By Erin Roush
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Life During COVID-19

Take a moment to settle.
Take a deep breath.
Get comfortable.
Like a rock settling on the bottom of a lake after it’s thrown in,
let yourself settle.

1.   Acknowledge how you are feeling in this moment.
If being calm is hard, acknowledge it.
If you find yourself frustrated or stressed, acknowledge it.
God wants to be present in all parts of our lives—
not just the easy or serene moments.

2.   Ask for light and insight as you prepare to review your day.
For some that light may come in the form of a sense of the Divine.
For others it’s from a deep sense of your true self.

3.   Take a moment to think about how COVID-19 has impacted your life.
Even as we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another socially, ask yourself what connections you find yourself grateful for? Who makes you feel grounded and connected to God?

4.   Public health issues have a way of making us
recognize how interwoven our lives are with others in society.
It can help us realize who we may often choose not to see or connect with. Is there a person or group of people especially affected by COVID-19 that you don’t often choose to see or connect with normally?
What connections to others are you becoming more aware of?
Who do you normally choose to reach out and connect to?
Who do you avoid or refuse to see?
If you can, picture the faces of these people.
What connections do you take for granted in your life?
What connections impact you the most?

5.   Note the emotions you feel when you think of these individuals without judging or over analyzing.
Simply acknowledge them,
pay attention,
and listen to where God may be speaking.

6.   As you think of the ways we are connected
or disconnected to one another,
pick a connection (or lack thereof) that seems important,
significant, or is manifesting itself the strongest.
Pause and reflect on where you’re being invited
to grow from that moment.
If you are a person of faith, take a moment to pray with it.

7.   God gifted us with limitless creativity and imagination.
Even in this time of separation and possible isolation,
what is one way you can maintain meaningful connection to others—whether directly,
through technology, or intentional focus and attention?