Class of 2020, my former students. I enjoyed all my time with you. Because of you, I got to enjoy being a teacher. Always remember this thought from Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, “Know that you will have regrets in life-things said or done or things left unsaid or undone, but the one thing you will never regret is being kind.” I wish you the very best in life. So sorry the school year did not end as planned. God Bless and protect you always.
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
“Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen.”
Never ever forget how much you are loved.
~Fr. Jim Meysenburg
Life is not about perfection, but progress. A lesson I still work to understand each and every day.
Always keep your faith and know you can return to God at any time.
If you are going to take a Math class in college, take it your first semester.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. “Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. -Psalm 46:1-3, 6-7, 10-11
May you all be blessed to be a blessing.
This too shall pass….
“If it is to be it is up to me.”
Don’t wait for others to do things for you…be responsible and accountable to yourself and take charge of your life!
Be you. Don’t be afraid to be human. Don’t be afraid of what you perceive to as imperfections about yourself. Your imperfections are what makes you who you are. We strive to be good and want to become the best possible version of ourselves but yet we can only do that if we embrace who we truly are. I’m going to share a little secret. My dad passed away when Joe was one. It turns out that the things that used to drive me crazy about my dad are now what I miss the most. So don’t be afraid of those imperfections. I have a favor to ask: teach the world how beautiful you are. Teach the world that although you’ve had so many memories stolen that your life experiences will make you stronger. Moral of the story, be you. Go make the world a better place. I’m a better person for knowing you. God love ya!
Food contains good stuff like vitamins and bad stuff like residual pesticide. For maximum health eat the minimum amount of food to keep you energized.
When we are confronted with difficult challenges, it is wise to remember that first of all, God is never the source of evil nor suffering, imperfection, or disorder. He is the one who, out of love for us, has entered into our sufferings and difficulties to transform them, so that they might become a blessing and not a curse. Suffering has the power to makes us bitter or better depending on whether or not we surrender in trust our sufferings to the One who is ultimate Goodness, Jesus Christ.
~Sr. Maria Meza
Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.
“Some of us have known shortages,
rationing, long queues at fuel pumps,
at trucks with safe water on pallets,
or just empty pallets, those left by
the road, torn pieces of plastic wrap
flapping away. And although each of us
one day runs short on the future, for all
there’s the present we stand in, shifting
our pains from one leg to the other,
and, always behind us, the past, having
made it through everything, its hands
on our shoulders, urging us on.”
Something to ponder as you graduate during this unexpected time… newly written by Ted Kooser, 13th Poet Laureate of the United States. I hope you enjoy it. The past urges us on!!