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October 16


Elementary:

GOOD MORNING ______SCHOOL NAME____. Please join me in the sign of our faith.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

 

SMILE  (from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

 

One morning I decided to head to McDonald's for breakfast with my family. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away; even my husband.

I didn't move an inch... Then, an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around, I smelled a horrible smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'.

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance.....

He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted...

He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford.

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.

That's when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me - judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.'

I started to cry as I walked away to join my family. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope...'

That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.  I now know I touched the people I met that day at McDonald's.  But most importantly, I experienced with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

THE UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS – for we are all God's children!

 Let us pray:    Heavenly Father, thank you for Your unconditionally love for each of us

Today is World Food Day and we pray to be conscious of ways we can combat world hunger. Today is also the memorial of St. Marguerite D'Youville, founder of the Grey Nuns of Canada who established schools, hospitals and orphanages.  

Today, we commit ourselves as Jesus' followers to making changes in our world and in our lives.

We commit ourselves to working towards a world where poverty is history, and we commit to being healers and caregivers of all.

SCHOOL NAME……Let us close our prayer together with the Hail Mary

Hail Mary

Full of grace,

The Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women

and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of our death.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


High School: 

GOOD MORNING ______SCHOOL NAME____. Please join me in the sign of our faith.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. AMEN

SMILE  (from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

One morning I decided to head to McDonald's for breakfast with my family. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away; even my husband.

I didn't move an inch... Then, an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around, I smelled a horrible smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'.

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance.....

He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted...

He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford.

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.

That's when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me - judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.'

I started to cry as I walked away to join my family. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope...'

That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.  I now know I touched the people I met that day at McDonald's.  But most importantly,  I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS – for we are all God's children!

Let us pray:    Heavenly Father, thank you for Your unconditionally love for each of us

Today is World Food Day and we pray to be conscious of ways we can combat world hunger. Today is also the memorial of St. Marguerite D'Youville, founder of the Grey Nuns of Canada who established schools, hospitals and orphanages.  

Today, we commit ourselves as Jesus' followers to making changes in our world and in our lives.

We commit ourselves to working towards a world where poverty is history, where unjust discrimination is history and we commit to being healers and caregivers of all.

SCHOOL NAME……Let us close our prayer together with the Hail Mary

Hail Mary

Full of grace,

The Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women

and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of our death.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen