Posted by mcguirp | Posted in St. Greg This week | Posted on May 20, 2013
Last week, you all made a very significant decision. You agreed to allow some of the fundraising money we have raised to go to Nelson’s school in San Jose las Flores. Eventually, we will be sending over $1000.00 to the school. The great thing is that we already have a strong connection to this community. Nelson and his students have visited us and I have been lucky enough to stay with Nelson in El Salvador.
You would be amazed how much these people do with few resources. Salvadore, the new English teacher is responsible for teaching English to all the students in the school. His schedule doesn’t allow him to get to all grades, so he volunteers his time after his regular teaching schedule.
Many of these teachers first learned in schools in the forests surrounding the town. During the war, San Jose las Flores was abandoned and many families retreated to the forests to avoid the soldiers. Students even had trenches and caves to hide in if the soldiers got too close. One of their teachers still teaches at the school.
My hope is the money we have raised will go to new curriculum materials, but we leave that up to Salvaide and Nelson. In the past, Holy Trinity donated money for a computer lab, but a substantial portion had to be diverted to build a retaining wall to protect the new kindergarten building.
Whatever is decided you will hear about it. I truly hope this is a partnership we can keep along with Kakinada for years to come. Maybe some of you will get a chance to visit the community!
Power Versus Love
Meditation 34 of 49
There are always two worlds. The world as it operates is largely about power; the world as it should be, or “the Reign of God,” is always about love. Conversion is almost entirely about moving from one world to the next, and yet having to live in both worlds at the same time. As you allow yourself to loosen your grip on the ego or bad forms of power, you will gradually see the inadequacy and weakness of mere domination and control. God will then teach you how to tighten your grip around the second world, which is the ever-purer motivation of love.
Any exercise of power apart from love leads to brutality and evil; but any claim to love that does not lead to using that as power for others is mere sentimentality and emotion. I must admit, it is rare to find people who hold both together in perfect balance—who have found their power and use it for others, or people who have found love and use it for good purposes. I think the Reign of God includes both love and power in a lovely dance. I think that is what Jesus means when he tells us to be “cunning as serpents but gentle as doves” (Matthew 10:16). It is a beautiful combination of both authority and vulnerability.
Adapted from Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount, p. 41 Richard Rohr
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
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St. Greg This Week
Tuesday, May 21
Paul Out (AM) Board Office
Wednesday, May 22
transitions meetings at Frank Ryan am only
all Pita Pit envelopes need to be in!
Thursday, May 23
Yanya away – Caitlin in
Peace Festival St. Paul H.S. (Paul away)
Pita Pit Day
Athletic Banquet 6:00 PM start
Friday. May 24
Jenn away – Shauna Healey in
Karen away - Yasmin in
Caroline out – Janet Roy in
Peace Festival(East) St. Paul H.S. (Paul away)
Dance-a-thon for Vienna
Hot Dog Day