A message from Deacon Ray


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Hello to the Hoban Community,

Thanks to the Visor for allowing me to extend greetings to all of you from the entire staff & teachers.  It might seem odd, but you, our beloved students, are all missed deeply.  I was walking today with Judy and the dogs and noticed the beauty of the crocus flowers popping up through the cold damp soil.  It was a great reminder to me of you and what God can do in the midst of this uncertainty.  If I may, I drifted to the following story from Matthew’s Gospel, as I was walking:

Jesus got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”  Jesus said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

My students, in particular, know that my favorite two sayings are: “We are called to be a community of love like the Trinity; and “it will all be alright.”  Know that you remain in my prayers and that COVID-19 will too pass and calm will return (or at least some calm, given the busy nature of your lives even without COVID-19).  I pray you may find some rest and I trust that God is doing great things in your lives. I urge you to take some quiet time in your particular “boat” and talk with Jesus. Know that we love you all and may God guide and protect you and your family and friends in these stormy times.  See you all soon, keep the faith, and remember this too will pass and it will be alright.

Your friend in Christ.    Dc Ray