The theme of this school week is: Generosity.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sometimes people feel called by God to be as generous as they possibly can be By laying down their own passions and desires to serve God and others, God often responds by using our gifts and talents for His glory.
Friar Gabriel skated for 7 years as a teenager, but felt his vocation was religious life. He was prepared to abandon his passion for skateboarding to live a life of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience as a Friar of the Immaculate. Six years after becoming a Friar and having not skated, he was given permission to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week – to “preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words” as Saint Francis stated. Friar Gabriel explains that God has so many ways of using peoples talents to give Him glory. Skateboarding allows the Friars to help others see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul.
Prayer of St Ignatius
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.