Hello and Happy Thursday,

It was a wonderful week with our Angels all back in the building.  It has been a year almost to the day that we received the news of our first pandemic closure.  What we thought was two weeks, turned into six weeks, and then the rest of the year.  It has been quite a journey as we learned how to navigate remote learning and worked together to stay St. Al Strong. 

This week, I wanted to share a prayer with you that was shared at one of my principal meetings.  We have been through a lot this past year and as we reflect on that time it is important to remember to take a moment to pause, to breathe, and to cherish our blessings.  We have all been through something monumental.  So much was asked of everyone and so much was sacrificed.  It is ok to mourn what we lost, and it is just as important to carry hope into tomorrow. 

An Examen for Times of Anxiety and Depression
I pause (breathe in and out) and thank you for this day. For the challenges, the emotions, the struggle. For in all this, I grow closer to you.
I pause (breathe in and out) and ask that in the darkness, I see your light and in my fear, I feel your strength.
I pause (breathe in and out) and remember that today, As in days before, I have survived. When I’ve wanted to run, I’ve stayed. When I wanted to hide, I’ve faced the day.
I pause (breathe in and out) and ask for forgiveness for the days I falter and the disease takes over. I ask for compassion and love when I’m unable to give those to myself.
I pause (breathe in and out) and resolve to love myself more tomorrow. And always feel your spirit surround me in safety.
I pause (breathe in and out) and rest.
– By Erin Roush

Thank you for being part of our community.  Whether you were with us last year or joined us this year, we are so happy you are part of our community.  Each of you is what makes us St. Al Strong.

Thank you,
Kathleen Daspit