Sunday, August 21, 2011


Hey everyone!

Orientation has been going great so far; it has been wonderful to see everyone who is going to all of the countries, and get to know the people in the Mexico program better as well! I just wanted to share with you all a prayer that we said at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on The University of Chicago campus today because it really seemed to fit with the whole YAGM program and sending off all 50 of us to our countries on Wednesday. So, here it is! :)

In quiet, we remember all who are in need: the suffering, the lonely, victims of war and famine.

Our brother Jesus, you set our feet upon the way and sometimes where you lead we do not like or understand.

Bless us with courage where the way if fraught with dread or danger; bless us with graceful meetings where the way is lonely.

Bless us with good companions where the way demands a common cause; bless us with night vision when we travel in the dark, keen hearing where we have not sight, to hear the reassuring sounds of fellow travelers.

Bless us with humor- we cannot travel lightly weighed down with gravity; bless us with humility to learn from those around us.

Bless us with decisiveness where we must move with speed; bless us with lazy moments to stretch and rest and savor.

Bless us with love, given and received. Bless us with your presence, even when we know it in your absence.

Lead us into exile, until we find that on the road is where you are, and where you are going is home. Bless us, lead us, love us, bring us home bearing the gospel of life.

So yeah, I thought that was pretty appropriate and great at this time and it is something that has stuck with me all day. I still have a few more days of orientation, and then I found out we are heading for the airport at 5:30am on Wednesday (SO early!) to take a 8:50am flight and arrive in Mexico City a little after 1pm. By Wednesday afternoon, I will be in Cuernavaca to start the in country orientation--hurray! :) here's to a great ending of orientation in Chicago and safe travels for all groups on Wednesday!

Dios les bendigas!

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