Hello St. Al Family and Friends,

In light of this week’s events, I decided to share a quote from Martin Luther King Jr and the Prayer of St. Francis with our students this morning. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

I spoke about being a light that helps drive away sadness, anger, and despair.  We are called to be God’s light in the world and to share our gifts and God’s love with those around us.

Right now, it can seem difficult to see light beyond the despair around us.  Our country is hurting.  Our world is hurting, and this can seem overwhelming at times.  Darkness will not defeat us when we shine with God’s light.  I asked the students this morning to take time today to shine a light on the world, whether that is actively showing love to others or finding courage and light inside themselves.  Feel free to join us as we all work toward a better tomorrow through love, through light, through Him.

Thank you,
Kathleen Daspit