Tuesday, August 24, 2004

"The St. Cassian Prayer"

Lord, make me an instrument of your effectiveness.
Where there are patently ridiculous room assignments, let me offer a map of campus cross-indexed by classroom tech level.
Where there are predictable timetable clashes, a red pen.
Where there are underenrolled sections, advance warning.
Where there are impatient students, plausible excuses.
Where there are inept administrators, mass firings.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be managed as to manage,
To be advised as to advise,
To be put on hold as to put on hold.
For it is in complaining that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we get absolutely nowhere,
It is in staving off homicidal mania that we are privileged to avoid prosecution.

(Thanks to Naomi Chana who alleges that this "St. Cassian" is the patron saint of schoolmasters. Actual patron saints: of scholars: St. Brigid, of teachers: Sts. Gregory the Great and Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, of colleges and universities: St. Thomas Aquinas, of learning: St. Ambrose, of librarians: St. Jerome, of the mentally ill: St. Dympna. Tuesday is the day of the week liturgically dedicated to All Saints and/or the Faithful Departed, so there may be a weekly Lives of the Saints spot on this blog.)