A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small

Morning Prayer: A Person’s a Person no Matter how Small
Respect Life Week – October 9, 2013
Prayer by Joanna ’15 and Hilary ’15:

A poem by Laura Graham Fetters:

Plain or pretty
Skinny or Fat
A person’s a person
I like it like that.

And if you speak funny
Like some of us do..
Guess what? You’re a person!
Oh my yes. It’s true.

Are you somewhat nutty?
A bit off your rocker?
You still count my dear friend
(I know it’s a shocker!)

If you have some limbs
That don’t work so well,
You’re 100 percent people..
This fact I do tell.

Do you like to eat liver?
(Though I think it’s gross).
That still makes you human
And to you I toast!

Your brain may be slow
or yet, fast it may be
But the fact still is this-
You suit God to a T.

Perhaps you are old
And your skin doesn’t fit.
But that doesn’t matter
Not one little bit…

Or maybe you’re tiny
And can hardly be seen
You are no less a person
To say so is mean.

Because you ARE a person
The most awesome of all…
And a person’s a person
No matter how small.

Let us pray:

God, we are often faced with very difficult decisions in our life – where we go to college, what we want to do with our lives, how we want to be viewed as a person. But decisions about respecting each other – those shouldn’t be difficult.

God, grant us the courage to make a choice that will make us better people.  Help us all to understand and accept one another and realize that we are all unique in our own way.

Amen.  Mary Seat of Wisdom. (Pray for us)


Respect for all Life by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M.

A number of years ago when I was stationed in Washington, DC, my cousin came from Ohio to visit.  She was maybe 23 at the time.  We went to the mall area for the day, visiting museums, the National Archives, and the memorials.  In the middle of the afternoon we sat down on a bench and looked around at all there was to see.  We didn’t speak for a while and I turned and asked her, “What are you thinking?”  She smiled and said, “Actually it’s about these great sights but more than that.  I’m thinking especially how glad I am that my birth mother carried me to term and allowed me to be adopted, which has allowed me to see so much and to look forward to a great life.  There’s a lot about my birth parents I’d like to know, but I’m just thankful more than anything else to be here.”  I was kind of stunned that that was what was on her mind at that moment, and I’ve never forgotten it.

If you attended a Catholic church over the weekend, you might have heard the theme of Respect Life being talked about.

The reason that the idea of respecting all life, not only unborn children but the handicapped, the poor, the elderly, and those in prison, the reason that it’s important for us to be reminded about the respect that’s due all the people, is that each life in God’s eye is special and particular and in need of support, and also it’s important because the messages that we hear are often about taking care of ourselves and not worrying about the unlucky other people who may not be as well off as we are.

It’s not just about luck, that some of us come out on top and some on the bottom in life.  It really is about helping everybody reach their full potential and to live life as fully as my cousin was able to or as fully as your handicapped brothers and sisters will or with the possibilities that Father David or Father Rowland or Father Bolduc talk about when they offer Mass for the men in the Fulton County Jail.  We have to believe that not only we were put here for a purpose but also all those who have less in the way of physical and mental ability, less chance to speak for themselves or to defend themselves, less money, less influence, less education.  Yes, like my cousin, we are all lucky and, I hope, grateful, and as we hear in the gospel, “From those to whom much is given much is expected in return.”

Let us pray.

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

God, the source of our life and all goodness, help us to be aware of the value of the life you have given each one of us and of the same value in those we have not met or do not know but who long to be everything that they were made to become by you, their Creator.  Help us who have much to take notice of those who are in need of our support.  Direct us away from violence or cruelty because we are alive in the hope of the Resurrection and we are charged with bringing the Good News of that same hope to those in need of it.  Bless all who respect life daily in difficult places and situations.  May we honor your Creation by respecting the people you have given us to live with in peace and understanding.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mary, Seat of wisdom.  Pray for us.

Morning Prayer: A Smile

Morning Prayer: A Smile
September 26, 2013
by Joey  ’14

What’s in a smile? Seriously guys, like what does it mean to smile? Is it just us moving a couple of muscles in our mouths upwards? Is it that thing we always have to do at our homecoming picture parties while we stand with our dates for what seems like ages? Oooo I know. A smile is that shape they paint on clowns’ faces, right?

What’s in a smile? Have we ever taken the time to actually consider this question? I mean we do it like every day when we see our friends and stuff, so we gotta know what it is, right? Still thinking about it? Lemme give you a few ways that some people have defined a smile over the years.

A smile is a curve that will set everything straight.
A smile is the universal language of kindness.
It is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.
Douglas Horton even calls it “free therapy.”

The fact of the matter is this: we don’t know what’s going on inside of everyone else. Johnny may be having a great day, but Shelly not so much. But a smile never hurt anyone. In fact, there is SO much power bundled up into that tiny, little facial expression. Can you believe that? A smile has power! Not only that, that power is contagious too. You see, for some people, that smile is motivation to keep having a great day, a way to support them and encourage their positive outlook. And for others, that smile may be all they need to turn their day around.

And so, as you go about your busy lives today, I ask that you do one thing for me. Just one. Please follow Frank Sinatra’s advice. “Keep on smiling cuz when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for our smiles. We sometimes forget about them, but we just wanted to let You know how much they mean to us and how every now and then, even a smile can make our day. Lord, allow us to use our smiles as instruments of Your love and peace. Most importantly, open our eyes to see the joy in our experiences and to see Your presence acting in our lives so that in doing so, we can more easily smile and know that somewhere up in heaven, You’re always smiling at us too.
In Your Son’s name, we pray. Amen.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.