Hope And Anticipation

Morning Prayer offered on the Public Address System for the Opening Day of School (30 August 2013)


Good Morning.

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.

The Holy Presence of God!  Have you thought about that statement lately?  Living in the Presence of a loving God provides much hope and anticipation.  Have you noticed that we are surrounded by HOPE & ANTICIPATION as we start the new academic year at La Salle Academy?

I have attended numerous meetings and orientations with students, parents, teachers and staff over the past few weeks.  It is amazing how positive, bright, alert, and attentive we all are as the thought and feel of a new academic year is at hand.  Our new seventh graders, ninth graders, and transfer students are full of anticipation, hope and probably some anxiety as they meet new friends and new teachers.  Our seniors are full of hope and anticipation not only for the upcoming year here at La Salle, but also the process of applying to college and all that that entails.


Hope and anticipation are very good feelings and thoughts.  They tend to be very positive, life-giving, future oriented, and therefore motivational to all of us.

As I looked out at the parents of the freshman class August 21st , I could see in the faces of new parents – that same look and spirit of hope and anticipation.  Their most positive thoughts concerning you, their children, was most evident.  I could see in the faces of those parents sending their second, third, fourth and fifth child to La Salle, a knowing look that their children are in a wonderful place.  Along with two sisters, I was the fifth son of Edward and Mary Thelma Kavanagh to attend La Salle Academy.  I have seen the hope and anticipation from all sides and it’s a wonderful thing.  I hope that all of our students and their families, our faculty and our staff, keep that hope and anticipation alive throughout this school year.


We ask the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, St. John Baptist de La Salle, who taught children the Good News of the dual spirituality of salvation here on earth through learning –- attaining the ability to provide for and support a family — and when we come eye to eye with our Creator in the hope and anticipation of eternal salvation, that he intercede on our behalf and pray for us each and every day of our lives.  And God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

serenity prayer

St. John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts – FOREVER

Donald Kavanagh

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