March 19, 2015
Prayer by Mr. Eric McNaughton ’90 Fine Arts
Well, good morning.
I don’t normally pray via public address system. The notion of prayer has always been a personal one to me. That’s just me.
In fact, the last time that I prayed in this manner was almost 25 years ago in this very place. I was a senior here, and I had just seen the first national touring company of Les Miserables at the Fox Theater. It was beautiful and tragic and inspiring; so much so that I decided THAT NIGHT that I would study theater and make it my life. There is a beautiful moment at the end of the show – sung by the living and the dead – when everything comes clean, and my17-year-old self was inspired to share a bit of it with my Marist family. Twenty-five years later, after a long, strange, and wonderful journey, I’m moved to share it with my Marist family again.
I won’t sing it for you – you’ll make fun of me – but the lyrics are simple and lovely:
Take my hand and lead me to salvation
Take my love, for love is everlasting
And remember the truth that once was spoken
To love another person is to see the face of God.
My friends, my prayer for you this morning is simply this – a hope that you will see that face in someone you love every day.
Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.