August 16, 2007

Back to School

It's the time of year I always dreaded as a kid. The time when you start nervously eyeing the calender and notice that the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is in sight. The time when my Mom would, with a diabolical laugh, happily bring the ads from the newspaper over to me and my brother and say: "I think we should go shopping for school supplies and clothes this weekend" AAARGH!!!! Getting new stuff was fun but always in the back of my mind was the knowledge of what the new gear was for.

Well, those days are over for me now. But, not for everyone. Children and adults will be going back or starting school soon (in some farming areas they start next week). Whether it's grade school, high school, college or seminary-off they go!

I was looking around for a prayer. I had trouble finding one. But, I found this one from the North American Martyrs School in Lincoln, Nebraska. I like it.

Holy Martyrs and patrons, protect this land which you have blessed by the shedding of your blood. Renew in these days our Catholic faith which you helped to establish in this new land.

Bring all our fellow citizens to a knowledge and love of the truth. Make us zealous in the profession of our faith so that we may continue and perfect the work which you have begun with so much labor and suffering.

Pray for our homes, our school(s), our missions, for vocations, for the conversion of sinners, the return of those who have wandered from the fold, and the perseverance of all the Faithful. And foster a deeper and increasing unity among all Christians. Amen.

I know Adoro will be back studying with Ave Maria University soon. Adoro has a PayPal Bleg going as well as a request for some needed books

Seminarian Matthew will be attending our own St. John Vianney Seminary here in St. Paul soon. He will be suspending his blog shortly but he is humbly requesting financial assistance for his seminary studies via PayPal


Blogger Richie D said...

Looks like there are several Patron Saints for student/ scholars--- Catherine of Alexandria being among them. St. Jerome is patron for both students and librarians, interestingly enough.

Oh, by the way, there isn't anything wrong with spontaneous, from the heart prayer, is there?


August 16, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

richie: Absolutely, not. However, there are folks that like to have a prescribed prayer. There are occasions when I need that too.

August 16, 2007 12:42 PM  

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