Touching Minds and Hearts

(Prayer offered over the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Thursday of Catholic Schools Week, 29 January 2015)

Let us pause and remember we are in God’s holy presence.

During this Catholic Schools Week let’s take an opportunity to think about the teachers who have touched our minds and hearts:

My mom and dad who taught me the value of service.

My grandparents who taught me the value of family.

Mrs. Nash who held me accountable for my behavior.

Coach Salon who inspired me with his wisdom.

Mr. Savarese who showed that how a teacher treats his students matters just as much or more than what he teaches.

Mrs. Sullivan who taught me the value of patience.

Dr. King who taught me the importance of creativity.

Prof. Bramin who taught me to be prepared.


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God of Love. Thank you for every teacher who notices a child’s special gift. Thank you for teachers who are listeners and gentle guides. Thank you for teachers who expect much and love enough to demand more. Thank you for the special teacher each one of us remembers.

God of Mercy. Sustain teachers who give everything they have and feel abandoned when society expects too much. Strengthen teachers who assume the blame for so many problems beyond their control. Help exhausted teachers rest.

God of Strength. Encourage teachers to care and inspire them to nourish. Motivate teachers to keep on learning for the fun of it and to make learning fun for children.

We wonder at teachers who know how to quiet a class of five-year-olds or help fourth grade girls be empathetic. We admire teachers who enjoy middle school writers, or teach physics or math or civics. Bless the people who are expected to accomplish these miracles and who know how to comfort children when miracles don’t happen.

God of Justice. Help our nation find a way to steward our vast wealth to support teachers in their special calling, wherever they teach and whatever the race or religion or gender or wealth of the children.

We pray these things in the name of our great teacher, Jesus Christ. Amen.


St. John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

 Matt Daly–Director of Campus Ministry

January 29th is the Feast of Saint Brother Benilde Romancon.  It was said of him: his sanctification was attained by enduring “the terrible daily grind” and by “doing common things in an uncommon way.”


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