Here's a treat for your soul-an excerpt from Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God, now available from Saint Mary's Press.
It was dark in the De La Salle Chapel. Fourteen hours earlier, this summer school class had met in the same chapel for the 6:00 a.m. Mass. The sun had been shining at that time, and a full day of "when I was hungry thirsty naked a stranger" awaited the students.
Now the day was almost over, and the only light in the chapel came from a single candle embossed with the phrase: "Remember We Are in the Holy Presence of God." Everyone was tired, most were touched by what had happened that day, some were sharing. As their teacher for this 24-hour immersion class on urban poverty, I was inspired by their resilience. It was time for the teacher to become the student. What would they teach me? What would the teacher learn from the students?
I started the evening prayer service by asking, "Where did you meet Jesus today?"
"The Students Continue to Teach Me"