Over the past few weeks, we have experienced changes in the Marquette community. Colleagues were laid off, work groups and duties are undergoing changes, and we know that headwinds in higher education will continue to challenge us as a university community, pushing us into uncharted waters.
One could say we have been experiencing a true crisis of faith, which is often defined as a period of desolation. But neither do we focus on the negative. I will quote from the preface of the funeral Mass, which reads: “Lord, for your faithful people life has changed, not ended.”
Today we pray that God will give us courageous hearts as we face the challenges and changes that have been set forth before us. We ask God to protect us during these times when we may feel vulnerable and uncertain. Give us reason to have hope and promise for the future.
We pray for our colleagues who have left us. Grant them peace and serenity in their future endeavors. Give us patience and understanding as we work to reshape Marquette University, preparing for a bold and great future.
Like a crab skittering across the sand to a new, larger shell, guide our exploration; nudge us into the unknown waters of change. And always inspire us on our journey.
We pray that the coming days may be filled with grace and hope. May our efforts be rewarded in the name of all we do to further advance Marquette University. Grant us peace and harmony to work together in a spirit of cooperation, respect and understanding.
Be present with us and strengthen us that our efforts might be fruitful and benefit Marquette in new and exciting ways.
And we pray all these things through our Lord… Amen.