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De La Salle President | Monthly Letter

February 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we start a new year, it always gives me an opportunity to think about how I can be a better person in my day-to-day interactions. As I was looking through some prayers that I have filed over the years – here is one of my favorites.

“The Dash”

I read of a reverend who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.  He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end.

He said that the first was the date of her birth, and spoke of the last date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.  For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth, and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own; the cars, the house, the cash.  What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard, and there are things you’d like to change?  For you never know how much time is left – (you could be a “dash mid-range.”)  If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real, and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more, and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.  If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read with your life’s action to rehash, would you be pleased with what they say about how you spent your dash?

Time waits for no one.  Treasure every moment you have!

God’s Blessings on you and your family.

In the Spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle,

Mark DeMarco


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