Saint Gabriel's System

The Flag of Component Director for Saint Gabriel's Hall moves...

July 18th, 2013:

A letter written by Br. Brian Henderson in departing from Saint Gabriel's Hall after his many years of service:
In departing, I want to thank everyone for everything you have done to make each day I had the privilege to be Director of Saint Gabriel's Hall a proud and honored one to serve. I thank you for the many expressions of well wish and appreciation I received this past week as this date drew near... I leave by sharing a poem I read at a number of "farewell" gatherings with staff. It is the wind and the rain, O God, the cold and the storm that make this earth of Thine to blossom and bear its fruit. So in our lives, it is storm and stress and hurt and suffering that make real men and women bring the world's work to its highest perfection. Let us learn then in these growing years to respect the harder sterner aspects of life together with its joy and laughter, And to weave them all into the great web which hangs holy to the Lord. - W.E.B. Du Bois
My view and take away is I appreciate and give thanks to God for the privilege to be part of a community of men and women who respect each other well, takes responsibility for each other well by being inviting and welcoming, helpful to each other so the talent and abilities of each is recognized, acknowledged, appreciated and valued. Out of this reservoir of caring, flows healing opportunities for youngsters and families in the care of Saint Gabriel's Hall to discover, see, and build upon for new futures of greater possibilities for being safe, emotionally managed and able to deal with and not be overwhelmed by loss. Many windy and rainy days we endured together and many stormy and stressful days that while testing our faith, gave us opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen our faith in each other and in the hope for the futures of the children who came and went, experiencing varying transformative experiences through our efforts. Seeds well planted and nurtured, then placed in the hands of God to guide forward through other shepherds and guardians. My prayer for you is for you to remember and look through the eyes of God, how well we came through the impossible, the incredible, and the unbelievable. I believe and will ever carry with me, that we were always a strong community in the Holy Presence of God that allowed the love of God to permeate our being and interactions so that more of the Love of God shined through than the darkness of our and others human failings and shortcomings. We held each other up in joy and laughter of affirmation and appreciation as well as carried each other in times of sorrow and devastating challenges and circumstances. You engage in assisting the process of overcoming stumbling blocks and transforming them into stepping-stones. Transforming weakness, failure, and distress, into strength, achievements, and joy, a strong community is that community that never gives up, never gives in, struggles well to increase strength and always remembers to live the true power of God which is appreciating and applying God given gifts to healing those most in need and nearest to the margins. Embracing the Least, the Lost, and the Potentially Forgotten, to nurture, carry and provide for them as Guardian Angels and Good Shepherds - stretching beyond self to facilitate redemption. What great power of goodness and love I experienced in you, "a great web which hangs holy to the Lord." Faithful Warriors against the Power of Ignorance, Fear, and Apathy - it was a pleasure to be among your number performing the noble work of Salvation of young souls. Thank you and God Bless,
 Saint John Baptist De La Salle; Pray for us! Live Jesus and the Love of God in our hearts; Forever! Sincerely and Gratefully, BBH