Dear Jesus,
I know that when You ascended into heaven,
You left to the teachers in Your Church
the all-important mission of helping
to train the young people whom You loved
so much.

I know also that it isn't an easy job
to act as father and mother to so many children
of so many different dispositions
during so many hours each day, particularly
at a time when the evil influences of the world
are eating more and more into the character
of our youth.

In spite of those difficulties, however,
and my own personal weakness, I realize that You have entrusted these precious souls to my care
and in doing to, You have also placed back of me the love of Your understanding Heart
and the support of Your all-powerful Hands.

So continue to strengthen me, dear Jesus, where I am weak; encourage me where I am cowardly;
and make fruitful those poor words and actions of mine in bringing to the surface
those wonderful qualities which You have hidden in the souls of even my least promising students.

Please consider the heartiness of my intentions and keep ever in my heart the realization that, however discouraging things may occasionally appear to my human eyes, if I continue to keep faith and give my honest efforts to the training of those young people whom You love,
those sometimes-hard to-manage students
will one day turn out to be the kind of men
and women that You want them to be.

For that help I thank You, dear Jesus.
Please keep me always firm in my loyalty to Your service.


Rev. Thomas A Labey, C.S.C.

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