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Praying mother talks about return to Concord High campus

Lizarda Urena has prayed on the steps of Concord High School nearly everyday since February. A mom of two students at Concord High School, she arrives at the school around 7-7:15 a.m. each morning to pray for the school's protection.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Lizarda Urena has prayed on the steps of Concord High School nearly everyday since February. A mom of two students at Concord High School, she arrives at the school around 7-7:15 a.m. each morning to pray for the school's protection. (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

The mother who has been praying on Concord High School’s campus since last February said yesterday that she is pleased by administrators’ decision to let her return to campus to pray silently.

“I’m so happy that I’m back, and I feel like I’m welcomed by the school,” Lizarda Urena said yesterday.

Urena began praying out loud on school property in February, but was told in July by Principal Gene Connolly that she would no longer be allowed to do so this school year. Throughout the end of summer, national pro- and anti-religious organizations weighed in on the issue, and Urena sought legal representation to maintain her right to pray. Last week, Urena returned to campus but has been praying silently, and she said Connolly has been very friendly since she has been back.

Superintendent Chris Rath said Monday that the district hasn’t made a definitive decision about whether or not Urena can continue praying on campus, but that administrators will evaluate her actions on a daily basis.

Urena said she’s been welcomed by the students since she returned to campus, with one student even asking her to pray for a friend who was in the hospital.

She said she was not trying to threaten anyone when she prayed out loud last year, but she has been praying “very silently” since she returned. She has also signed in at the main office every morning this year in compliance with the school’s visitor policies. Urena said she believes it is God’s work that allowed her to be back on campus praying for the students.

“I feel so happy,” she said.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

I support her 100%, the world needs more people like this around.

Must be nice she doesn't have to work or worry about little kids at home.

where in the story does it say she does not work??

What makes you think she doesn't have a job nor kids to look after?

I'm not a practitioner of prayer, so please take this observation in that context: If the lady's activities were really all about the students, she could pray at home or in the church of her choice. Her insistence on being on campus leads me to believe that ultimately it's all about her.

WHY??? Why does this woman think she needs to be on the school campus in order to pray for the students? Does she think that God will not hear her prayers if she prays from the privacy of her home? Although I am not a "bible back", I do recall an appropriate admonition from Jesus in Matthew 6:5. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full." 'nuff said.

Bravo! I would love to have a person this dedicated praying for the safety of my children. It might not hurt a few on the school board to do the same I agree, "Bravo"! I would love to have someone this dedicated to their faith praying for the safety of my children. I thank her for her commitment!

Praying for what? On a search for prior news stories I found it of " praying to fight school violence " http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/mother-told-she-cant-pray-on-grounds-of-concord-high-school/-/9857858/21362260/-/1v8astz/-/index.html The word "fight" of to broil = "origin uncertain", but defined as to confuse, disturb, involve discord, quarrel, strife, struggle, being a tumult. And violence = a turbulence = a tumult, and so both words with "noise", and so who won? (;-)

I say Bravo!

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