(Prayer offered on the public address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Monday morning, 23 March 2015)
Let us remember that we are in the Holy presence of a loving God…
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
Then, my friend, you are almost as good
as your dog!
This poem is dedicated to two kinds of people: (1) animal lovers. (2) Those committed to learning and growing. The book of Proverbs states “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
Loving God, we who make up the Lasallian community are here because of our desire to learn. Students, teachers, administrative staff, support staff alike; we value the basic human desire for knowledge. We thank you for the opportunities we’ve had to further our learning and ask for direction and guidance for our students as they continue to satiate their thirst for knowledge.
St. John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts…forever.
Eldon Santiago–Religion Teacher