(Prayer offered on the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Tuesday morning, 12 March 2019—Poverty Awareness Week)
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
As you know, this week is Poverty Week at La Salle Academy. If I am being honest with you this morning, I have always been conflicted regarding this one week being referred to as Poverty Week. Why one week? There are 365 days in the year. What about the rest of the year? Don’t these topics deserve much more?
The fact is that in our society today there are millions of people who experience poverty. Twenty per cent of children in RI live in poverty. Fighting poverty can seem like an unwinnable task, but there are many steps that we at La Salle Academy can take. Organizations that dedicate their time to fight poverty suggest that the best steps we can take in order to help are by educating ourselves regarding poverty in our area, by donating to local causes that directly benefit those who need help, by volunteering, and by helping out an individual. All of these opportunities are available through La Salle Academy. As a Senior, you will have an opportunity through Christian Service, but don’t wait until Senior year. As you engage in lessons this week that focus on poverty, reflect on the information that you receive and conversations that follow.
What can you, what can we all do, to make a difference?
Let us pray…Lord, we pray for those who live in poverty, especially children. We ask that you empower us here at La Salle Academy to share our gifts and resources with those in our community who are the greatest of need. Although we put particular focus on the poor this week, help us to keep all who suffer from injustice in our hearts and minds each day in hopes that we will continue to stand beside them. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Stephen Emerson–Mathematics Teacher