Serenity Now

Morning Prayer:
May 11, 2015
Prayer by Mr. Brian Freel, Director of Campus Ministry

I don’t know how much time you spend in your car.  It takes me about 45 minutes to get to school in the morning and an hour to get home. About two hours per day in the car.  Sometimes I listen to music on the radio.  After what Brendan told us about his experience, I try not to look at my phone in the car.  Often the news is on, but sometimes I turn it off because I get overwhelmed.  There’s unrest in Baltimore, tornadoes in Texas, ISIS in the Middle East, earthquake in Nepal.  There are so many big problems and I feel there is little I can do.

And then I heard of Jennifer Rothchild.  She’s a graduate of Marist.  She walked these halls.  Maybe her biology class was taught by Mr. Lorys or Mrs. Glidewell.  Maybe she played volleyball or dodgeball in Laird.  In 2007, with the help of other Marist alumni, she opened an orphanage in Nepal, called Sam’s house.  Now 37 children have a home.  That’s not a lot of kids; not even two classrooms at Marist.  But 37 kids are not alone, not on the street.

Jennifer reminds me that I can’t do everything, but I can do something.  I can’t help everyone, but I can help someone.  Who can you help today?  The person sitting next to you?  An orphan on the other side of the world?

On Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to donate to Sam’s House.  The money will go to the people in Nepal struck by the earthquake.  Please talk and pray with your family about what you may want to give.

Let us continue to pray for the people of Nepal and all those people in our country and around the world who are in need.  Earlier this year, Carter shared her favorite prayer with us.  I’d like to pray part of it now:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.  Amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

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