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Message from La Escuelita San Alban

Posted by communications on August 26, 2020 at 11:25 AM

May I be happy

May I be peaceful

May I be healthy

May I be gracious and joyous

May I be free from suffering


These words were shared as a mantra by a favorite yoga instructor some years ago. They are certainly worthy goals and words perfect for bringing on a calm and meditative state. With the onset of the pandemic, it seemed a rather egocentric preoccupation. I realized I had been forced out of my comfort zone by something as mundane as the scarcity of paper towels. My need for order and logic was likely keeping me from the spiritual depths of beneficent vulnerability.


I found a parallel sentiment with the safety changes required for La Escuelita San Alban Bilingual Preschool to reopen. St. Alban’s Church started the Escuelita ministry on the notion that it is ESSENTIAL to the well-being of our families and the success of our children. We are funded based on our mission statement. We are supported financially and otherwise because we believe in the “good works” support of a sector of our community. Our journey has been largely one of joy and ease and success. We must persist.


But just as with any spiritual journey, we are now asked to force ourselves into a new environment with new rules. We are asked to leave our comfort zone for the greater good. Our belief in this mission will strengthen our resolve and help us mindfully approach each requirement. We will try to “succeed” in the midst of our doubts and “create order” out of disorder. We must lose some things if we are to maintain grace. We must adapt to new ways for the greater good or we will never learn how to give up control to the Lord. It is the necessary pattern in a life of grace.


I will wait for the Lord,

I will put my trust in him.

Pat Shaw


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Reply Sandra Johnson
1:23 PM on August 29, 2020 
Dear Pat, your message this week was terribly moving. Perhaps if good will have come from Covid, perhaps it's that most of us have realigned our needs and actions. I hope your health is still progressing. Love and gratitude for all you do. Sandra