“So Friend, Look Up!”

(Prayer offered on the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Tuesday morning, 26 January 2016)

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.


Have you ever had a moment
that seemed significant
but you don’t know why?
Somehow the earth collaborated with the stars to make this moment possible?
You’re talking to your husband of 10 years but you just met and he’s 10 years older than you..
Everything you’ve ever done has led up to this moment
you don’t know why.

You’re not doing anything significant
just walking
or maybe talking
Or maybe doing whatever it is that you do every day at this time and nothing should be different but for some reason
Have you ever begun to question why it is that
Has never happened before?
Is there really something crazy happening?
Did the moon and the sun really converse and reschedule so that the lighting was just right to make you feel like you are glowing?
Or maybe you really are glowing.
Maybe the only reason you’ve never felt this before
is because you’ve never let yourself
Maybe you’ve never lived knowing that
Your life
That every time you do anything,
the world is affected.
When you smile,
You bring light into a place that’s never seen it.
When you laugh, you’re pouring out rays of sunshine that not even the sun himself can compete with.
And when you
look up,
And you see the way that the sky and the ocean are always locking eyes
You give wisdom
to a foolish world.

But when you look down
and you see the way that the earth longs to be set free,
Longs to be up where the sky is, or where the ocean is
–always flowing so swiftly–
You’re dimming your light
You’re dimming the world around you.

So friend
Look up!”


Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, give us the Grace to live our lives with a positive attitude, one of love for ourselves and others. In dark times, help us to recognize and find comfort in your love. Open our eyes to the light and beauty around us instead of allowing our attention to be consumed by trivial, fleeting things. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.


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

Live Jesus in our hearts… Forever.

Driany Galvão (Class of 2017 and member of Voices Ink–student creative writing group) and Amanda Broccoli (English Teacher)