April 4, 2017
Prayer by Thomas Vance ’17
Today marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Just Six months before his assassination, King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. Following is an excerpt from his speech:
“I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life’s blueprint?
Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.
…each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
… your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness.”
As many of you know, the mission of Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ. How we do this comes in a variety of ways—religious education classes, prayer before football games, and school-wide Masses. More importantly, Marist seeks to foster a community of inclusion…one full of respect for that which may seem different from us. Events such as having the political discourse discussion in the chapel, hosting an insightful Informed Discourse Day, and engaging students in a network of clubs such as Peace by Peace, NO Place for Hate, and Mosaic are used to build a community that truly cherishes diversity. And sometimes, while it may seem that there is more diversity on a brochure than in an actual class, Marist still strives to build this communal respect. This is how they build our blueprints—Marist propels us into an environment that isn’t identical everywhere but rather different around every corner. This environment is meant to allow us to thrive and not just get by.
Let us Pray
Thank you so much for this new day. Thank you for all the experiences you place in our lives that work towards building our proper, solid, and sound blueprint. Grant that we may never forgot your countless blessings that you bestow upon us and help us to live more like your son, Jesus Christ. In your name we pray, Amen.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom
Pray for us.