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Following is a letter written by Father Stan in 2005. It is being shared with you courtesy of Bud and Frances
Jetty. As you read it, you will hear Father Stan's beautiful voice in your mind's "ear" speaking as he did to all
of us on occasion.
October 23, 2005
My letters to you are very personal ones.
They come out of our many years of togetherness. With each other we can talk any way we want. We
have shared so many things that nothing, now, is “strange” for either of us. I’ve been blessed
knowing hundreds of wonderful people, and now at my age I wish that I could talk to all of them again.
too bad that many of them don’t have the technology of computers. I wish that I could communicate with
them – but you do it for me! Do it for me especially, when you are talking to young people. They
need to know that “somewhere” there is someone who knows them and loves them dearly.
They need to have good story tellers
and good examples. The only examples that I can find are those that are personal. But, as I said,
if I tell a personal story you know that you are part of it, too.
Our Grandparents and Parents were wonderful in instructing us kids, when we were growing
up. My mother told me about my grandpa who often brought home from work men that he found stranded near the rail
yards. (It was just after the second World War, and there were lots a lots of crippled men, homeless, sitting
on the rails, ready to hop a train to “somewhere else”.)
My mother, one morning sent me downtown
with a dollar to get a loaf of bread, a pound of potatoes and a quarter pound of butter. I was on my way back.
There on the sidewalk was a man with one leg cut off, or torn off by a shell. The other leg lay twisted
under him. He had a tin cup in his hand, hoping for an alms. To me he looked terribly, terribly
pitiful. I just had to give him something.
I saw in the little purse the change from the dollar
my mother had given me. There were some pennies, a dime, a nickel and a quarter. Pennies?
I would never give that poor man those pennies. The dime looked too small. The nickel looked
not nearly enough. I gave him the quarter.
He seemed to come alive. “My boy! You are
so kind.” He reached up with both hands to bless me. And, of all things, he kissed my little-boy
fingers. I knew I had done something good.
In a kind of daze I came home and
into the kitchen, and I lay down the groceries. Mother asked for the purse. She found only a dime,
a nickel and some pennies. “What happened, son?”
I told her about the crippled old soldier.
She swept me
up. She wrapped her arms around me and held tight. She was crying. “My boy we
will all be blessed by what you did. Think of it. We are poor, but God will feed us. That dollar
was the last one that we have, unless Daddy gets paid something tonight. The quarter is a lot of money.
Even, if we have only boiled potatoes and bread and butter that’s OK for now. But, Honey, think
of our babies, too. We have to think of them.”
What my mother did was a big lesson for me all my life. “We have
to take care of them.” Around me, around us, are needy people. They are not poor in money,
maybe, but poor in how they are hurting inside. Look how they are crippled.
Everyone of us was called by Jesus
to do only one thing – to take care of people. That ‘s why we are Catholic or Christian. And
sometimes we don’t do what we were made for.
Mohatma Gandhi, the great Peacemaker and friend of the hopeless, was once asked, “Has
Christianity failed?” “Oh, no,” he said. “It has not failed. It has just
never been tried.”.
Let’s me and you TRY it.
I’ve been a priest over sixty
years. I’ve seen a lot of people who had lots and lots of comforts. They were Catholic or
Christian, too. But, when poor people needed them, they made sure, first, that they didn’t loose their
comforts or their leisure,. They claimed to be followers, imitators, of Jesus, but they made darn sure that they
were never in danger of discomfort. They “took care of THEIR souls, their comfort,” first.
As I watched
men, or heard, men like that, I found that they really didn’t believe in Jesus. They didn’t believe
that He had already taken care of them and that their business was to take care of their neighbor.
Do I sound angry? I
am angry. I am sick and tired of the Judases who still crowd around with cash in hand, the coin of betrayal.
Little fellows with little souls, making sure of their own advantages.
believe in Jesus. You believe that He meant it, when he told us to be bold in the spending of ourselves. You’ve
been doing it all your lives. Bold, not timid and whimpering at the sweat and tears you had to shed.
A great man
said – and you can repeat it – “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” He did
all things. Nothing was too big for him to try.
If we are bold, we will not make a new world, but, for hurting people we
will make a New Heaven.
That’s what I’d like to see.
So I pray daily
for usl We won’t chicken out.
We do need each other – and some little instruction manuals. For
Benedictines there are only two books, or instruction manuals, that make any difference. They make ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!
One book is
the Gospel. The other is the Rule of Benedict . Just two small items.
I’ll write about them next
of the first Monday in November, November 7th. I will be praying and fasting for all of us.
Dear God, as you usher in September 2012,
it will be brand new so, I humbly ask you, to please renew me, too.
Forgive the many mistakes
that I make every day.
Please grant me abundant grace to become closer to you each day.
Almighty Savior, I am well aware that I can not make it on our own,
please take my hands and hold them tight so that I don't have to walk alone. Amen
PRAYER FOR STUDENTS
Dear Lord God, we pray for the children this school year and always.
Let them know that they are loved and
their fears away and give them courage,
strength and hope that will enable them to overcome such obstacles as
lonesomeness, sadness, hopelessness
and despair. We pray
for those who may be suffering with sadness as well as those
with physical, social and emotional problems. We pray for
blessings on everyone who may have children
under their care
and we pray
that they are able to provide them with all of their
needs and do it in ways that will be pleasing to You. Amen
PRAYER FOR DEPRESSED PEOPLE
Father, we call on you to bless loved ones suffering with
depression as we share this prayer with them and those that they
love. May Almighty God bless you and
may this day find you on the
road to recovery. May peace and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest
in your thoughts,
rule in your dreams and conquer all of your fears.
May all of your joys be great and your dreams be happy and your
prayers be answered. We pray that your faith and relationship with
God enters a new height that will continue
all the days of your life.
May the true undying love of our Creator give you the peace,
happiness and health that only He can give. Amen
PRAYER FOR PRISONERS
God of forgiveness, we pray for people who are in prison as well
as those who wait to be sentenced. We pray for just sentences
that will help prisoners to realize
their mistakes so that when their
time to be set free comes they will be in a frame of mind that will
enable them to resist temptations to commit crimes in the
please bless our prison system with employees who are
well educated to assist prisoners seeking guidance so that they will
be able to overcome their weakness that caused them to commit
criminal acts which were the cause of
their imprisonment. Amen
PRAYER FOR SUICIDE VICTIMS
Great Spirit, during these sorrowful
times we ask for your mercy
on the souls of those who have committed suicide. Forgive them
Father for their unfortunate mistake. In your kindness please give
their loved ones who survive the strength
and courage to carry on
Thank you, Dear Lord for the time we had with all of our loved
ones who have gone before us. Please cleanse us from all evil so
that when our time comes we will be
ready and welcomed into
your kingdom for all eternity. Amen
PRAYER FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS
Lord of Mercy, I pray that you keep
in Your care the soul of my
loved one who was my mate, companion and dearest friend in this
life. Please grant my beloved Your company and the company of the
Saints and Angels. You, Dear Lord brought
us together in marriage.
May the love that we shared on earth bring us to the ultimate joy of
being with you for all eternity. We ask this in the name of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
PRAYER FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
Heavenly Father, We pray for the souls of our beloved solders
their lives serving our Country. We pray for those who
are engaged in combat, please protect them Father as they protect
us. Give them courage, strength and endurance as they continue
their mission and grant that when that
is done they may be able to
return home safely to be with their loved ones for the rest oftheir lives. Amen
GUIDANCE AND PEACE
Dear Lord Jesus, Lead us from falsehood to truth, lead us from
despair to hope, from fear to truth, lead us from hate to love, from
war to peace. Let us dream together,
pray together and work with
one another for love and justice for all. Please guide all of humanity.
Let this nation and it's citizens be prompted to bear fruit
with civil courage and kindness, so that they will work
for the good of all our citizens rather than for their own political parties.
May the Great Spirit of Love, give us the courage and strength
for all our relatives and friends. We pray for abundant
blessings of freedom, dignity, prosperity and peace for all the citizens
of our great nation.
Peace and best wishes,
Prayers by Bud Jetty
Peace and best wishes, He Hecetu,
Deacon Bud and Frances Jetty
Outreach to Native Americans
Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls
Colleen Cordell, Director of the
Native American Cultural Research Center
Abbey, Marvin, South Dakota
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