As I sit in the pew at Fordham’s University church for the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass with Brother Ed to the left of me, I close my eyes and begin my conversation with God.
I begin by thanking God for my beautiful family and friends who support me from wherever they are. These people, however far they may be, give me the motivation to continue to be of service to others and find something good in every day. I am blessed to have the people I have in my corner who love and support me and have assisted in shaping me into the person I am today. I ask God to continue to watch over them and protect them in all they do.
I thank God for my Lasallian community members and all of my fellow Lasallians I have met during my time as an LV. I ask God to continue to guide us on our journey with God and give us the courage to continue on the path that has been laid out for us.
I thank God for all of the Christian Brothers I have had the pleasure of meeting throughout my Lasallian Volunteer experience. I thank God for the wisdom all of the Brothers have imparted on me and I ask that they all remain in good health so that they can continue to share their knowledge with the young people they serve.
I thank God for the amazing faculty and staff at my service site that I get to work alongside every day. I am grateful for the friendships I have made and everything I have learned from the caring people I work with. I ask that God gives us the grace and the strength we need as we begin to complete another school year.
I thank God for the Bishop Loughlin students I serve and the impact they have had on my life. I ask that God watches over each and every one of them as they finish another school year. That the students trust in God’s plan for each of them and they know that they have people behind them who love and support them and want them to succeed.
I pray that God heals those people in my life who are sick and comforts those who are in need of God’s presence and spirit.
I thank God for this great opportunity I have been given to be a Lasallian Volunteer and I ask that my faith in God remains strong as my LV experience comes to an end and new opportunities present themselves.
Lastly, I ask God to watch over me and keep me safe and healthy in my upcoming events and activities this week.
As I conclude my prayer, I open my eyes and take a deep breath; I am ready for another week of service to begin.
Isabella Virgen is a second-year volunteer serving at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York. She is a 2018 graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga.