More letter excerpts

13 Jun

Continued from yesterday:

“I always liked when you would read martyr stories, and talk about the saints.  You’re the best sister/nun I  know, in fact.  Admittedly I only know you, but if I knew others, you’d be the best!”

“When you go to Rome and the Vatican and share storys those are the ones I like.  I like them because you are interesting and fun but also learn stuff to.  I want to visit the Vatican one day and go inside St. Peter’s and see all the cool stuff.  I hope I can go with you.”

“I like it when we say prayer at the beginning of class and pray for all those intentions.  I  like it when we pray because I can focus on the silence in the room and look deep into my heart.”‘

“My favorite part of Fiat club was when we made the rosaries out of swine.”  !!! (“twine”)

“Your teaching was always interesting.  For me, I think it was the only class I did not like missing.  In fact, I disliked missing this class so much I would rather go for the whole class period with you teaching than any party or assembly.  You were (and still are, of course!) always super kind and friendly.  You always said hi in the hallway enthusiastically even though you were probably tired from waking up early and driving all the way from Ann Arbor.”

I wish you were a saint

12 Jun

One of our Sisters has been teaching Religion one day a week at an elementary school.  She is leaving at the end of this year because of another position at a Catholic girls’ high school.  Her students wrote her good-bye letters.  Here are some excerpts:

From the seventh graders:

“My favorite memory of you is your amazing attitude, and who could forget about that million dollar smile.”

“I wish you were a saint so I could pick you for Confirmation.”

“I really enjoyed walking into the classroom excited to learn the next thing that you will teach us.  You have strengthened my spiritual and physical spirit throughout each school year.”

“The main thing I appreciated you for was that we always, and when I say always, I mean always, was that we had something to look forward to every week, even long hard days you always made it and it always woke us up if we were tired because we would always want to hear your stories.  You also gave us a break from everything, whenever there was boring religion classes, and there were lots of them.”

“Thank you so much for making an impact on my life with your classes.  They helped me truly understand what it really means to be a saint. . . . You and they [stories of the martyrs] have helped in a great inspiration to enter religious life. . . . Your classes and your life have taught me humility and love, the thing I will always need, and frankly, always want.  I will always remember you because you changed my life, because you were anything but the stereotypical nun/teacher, and because of your pure love and kindness.”

What was that again?

8 Apr

From someone who teaches at the same school as some of our Sisters:

One of my 4-year-olds was eating at the snack table and overheard someone at the other table.  She commented on that conversation and then turned to me, smiled, and said,” I heard that out of the corner of my ear.”

His old clothes

23 May

“After they scourged Jesus and crowned him with thorns, they let him put his old clothes back on.”


I want to be a Sister!

23 Jan

When talking about religious life in my classroom, one of the boys
said to me, “Sr. Sarah, you always have so many great stories and
wonderful experiences to share and you are always happy! I want to be
a Sister too!”  (I assured him that he would make a cute Sister).

What did you say his name was again?

24 May

“What was the name of the man who helped Jesus carry his cross?”

“Simon of Siberia.”

How did he know?

24 May

“How did the Roman Centurion know that Jesus was dead?”

“He looked.”



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