Sunday, October 15, 2006

Prayer Request

My friend, housemate, confrere, frequent commenter and first-year teacher Jeana just began at a local Catholic high school two months ago. This morning, while at the monastery, she received a phone call that one of her kids was killed. Apparently, an (uninjured) senior has been arrested for driving drunk and having drug paraphernalia; she ran into a car being driven by a junior (who was announced dead at the scene) with a junior passenger (who is currently hospitalized).

Jeana thinks she may have helped the senior driver once, and also thinks she might teach her sister; she didn't have the name or anything of the girl who was hospitalized. The guy who was killed, though, was one of her top kids. Either way, as the only junior religion teacher ...... she's got one hell of a time ahead of her. And then once you add the nun-factor in ......

So for her, for the school, for the family and friends, for the girl now in jail .... and for an end to all these stupid decisions that leave people pointlessly dead.

I always tell my kids that their assignment over the weekend is to "Be Smart" .... unfortunately, it doesn't always work if the other people out there don't play the same way.

9 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

Steph,
My prayers are there for you and J and the school staff and family.
Your role as roommate is challenging too; take care.
Susan

10/15/2006 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Chris T. said...

I will keep all of you in my prayers. We had a lot of bad news along these lines this summer back home. :-(

10/15/2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Brother Allears said...

Steph,
Count on my prayers for Jeana and for you. Two friends of mine were killed in DUI's, so I know the pain -- and the questions -- involved.

Prayers ascending! ! !

10/15/2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Lots of prayers for all!

10/15/2006 8:31 PM  
Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

Oh Steph, I am so sorry. How tragic in so many ways.

Prayers--current, future and, I wish, backdated--from here too.

10/16/2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger revabi said...

prayers going up.

10/16/2006 4:22 PM  
Blogger osbnovice said...

We will definitely be praying for all of you before the Blessed Sacrament.

10/17/2006 12:03 PM  
Anonymous joanna said...

Holding you all in my thoughts . . . .

10/23/2006 6:35 AM  
Anonymous jeana said...

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. It was definitely quite a week, but I think the school and the wider church community handled everything very well. Grieving well, and helping others to do so, really is an art form. God bless all those with the gift of presence and care during times of tragedy.

10/26/2006 10:57 PM  

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