Bartholomew’s Blessing

Morning Prayer:
December 16, 2016
Prayer by Anna ’18

Once of my favorite Christmas books from when I was little, called Bartholomew’s Blessing, by Stephanie S. Tolan, describes a young mouse who is invited to come see the baby Jesus in the manger. He faces many challenges along the way and believes that he has nothing to bring to Jesus. I am going to read to you a brief passage:

“The prince will not notice me, Bartholomew told himself, but I’ve come this far. I can’t go home without seeing him.” Inside, the stable was filled with soft sounds of the animals breathing. Bartholomew, wet, bedraggled, and shivering, made his way forward between the legs of the other creatures. In a manger full of golden straw, a baby lay, waving his hands in the light that surrounded him. Bartholomew caught his breath in wonder. This was a baby – a prince – worthy of all the gifts he had meant to bring. Warmth and light filled Bartholomew. And the night was filled with blessings.”

Dear Lord,

Let us be like Bartholomew. As we approach this Christmas season, let our hearts be open to the light that Jesus shines upon each and every one of us. Help us to be open to embracing your light and love. Help us to remember the true reason for Christmas, the birth of our savior. Please continue to guide us to your light and help us to spread your light to other people.

AMEN

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.

Open House Video Recap 2016

We had an amazing day Sunday at Open House.  Despite the weather, it was quite the festive afternoon.  A special thanks to our students and faculty who helped to share the joy and enthusiasm that they have for Marist School with all of our guests.

Enjoy this video recap of the day produced by Freshman Michael Cully ’20.

Real Joy Comes From Giving…

Morning Prayer:
December 12, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M., Principal of Marist School

Good morning. We’re in our last week before Christmas break, and even though we just had a week’s break, we are all hungry for another one.

My thoughts as we are less than two weeks from Christmas are with those whose hunger is more basic than our hunger for a break. I worry that, especially given the policy changes I’m hearing might take place in the new year, the poor in our country might be even more invisible and forgotten than they are already. In every society, Christmas has been a time when even the stingiest of individuals have opened up and shared something of their good fortune. I thank those who have brought canned goods, have responded to Mrs. Shanahan’s requests for aid to families, and who have on your own thought of those who do not have a lot to celebrate this year, whose lives are still marred by lack of opportunity or by some misfortune.

It seems like a never-ending effort—to help the poor. Jesus himself said that you will have the poor with you always, but he didn’t mean that it was right to ignore them or to sigh and say, “there’s probably not much we can do.” The Letter of James says that if we see someone in need and say “Good-bye and good luck,” there is no good in that.

Let me again thank members of this community for the ways you have been generous to the poor this year, and I hope that in the days ahead you will find the chance to share more of what you have with those in need. Christmas is celebrated in our faith and in our hearts, and the older we get, our happiness comes from giving and not getting. Give especially to those who will treasure your gift because it means so much to them—and pray that we might always be aware of the poor in our midst.

Let us pray.

God of the rich and the poor, on this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we ask that in your Son Jesus you will help us to open ourselves to those whose way is hard and who suffer much because they lack the basic resources that ensure security and promise. Grant that we might be in some way a blessing to the poor and to know that you have filled our lives with so much that we want to share what we have with others. Your son Jesus said that when we offer aid to the least in the Kingdom, we are in fact ministering to Him. May we not tire of serving our Lord through service to others. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mary, Seat of wisdom, Pray for us.

Simply be Kind

Morning Prayer:
October 25, 2016
Prayer by Thomas ’17

According to Google, kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Something so simple can seem hard at times especially when we aren’t in the mood. The best thing we can do in those time is to pray on it.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this day. Thank you for waking us up this morning, ready to take on the obstacles we may face. As we partake in kindness week, please help us to simply be kind. As we enter mix-it-up day, grant that we may have open hearts, and welcoming spirits. Guide us in that we may be able to treat everyone the same way you treated your disciples. Help us to remember we do it for your honor and glory.

Amen

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for us.

Kindness as a Lifestyle

Morning Prayer:
October 24, 2016
Prayer by Fr. John Harhager, S.M., President of Marist School

This week is Kindness Week. It strikes me as a little odd that we need such a thing. I’m hoping the idea is not that kindness only takes place one week a year. Perhaps the week is to raise doubts about all the excuses I make for not being kind.

You know, like “I’m having a bad day.” I’m not too sure why if my day is not going well, I should make your day miserable. Or, we say “she started the argument” or “he insulted me first”. Or, “he cut me off during rush-hour traffic.” Or, “they are not nice to me.” And so, we return the unkind act with an equally or greater unkind act.

We could, however, do the opposite. We could simply be kind – no matter what the circumstance.

Earlier this month we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis. He gives us the perfect prayer for this week of kindness.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Mary, seat of wisdom… pray for us.

Getting ready for Cape Day!

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Our toddler class is wearing their capes preparing for tomorrow’s CHOA Cape Day and reminding students to bring in Play-Dough.

Ella Young Play-Dough Drive
CHOA Cape Day, Friday, October 21, 2016

Who is Ella?
Ella is the 6-year-old daughter of Patrick Young, a member of our Marist Staff.

Why Ella?
Ella has leukemia and was in the ELC (Early Learning Center) program two years ago. She is in remission now, and her spirit is strong. She has a treatment plan that would take her through a 2 ½ battle that she intends to win. While she, and all the other children with cancer, are in treatment at Children`s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), they need something to occupy their minds.

Why Play-Dough?
Children love play-dough. They squeeze it, poke it, squash it, pick it up and pat it down. It helps to develop small and large muscle development and improves fine motor. It helps to relieve stress. It`s calming.

Why Cape Day?
It`s an annual tradition at CHOA that honors and celebrates the “Superhero” patients battling illnesses. Although scary, these “Superhero” children fight near impossible obstacles. When they wear a Cape, nothing is out of reach. Cape Day is a special day that unites us all as sidekicks for the “Superhero” patients.

Why this message?
The children in the ELC are decorating their Capes to wear on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st. The ELC is asking for DONATIONS of PLAY-DOUGH which will be given to CHOA as their service project. The children will be in the arcade before school collecting donations of PLAY-DOUGH. They will accept any size, any color, even the kits.

This is NOT a non- uniform day, but would you be a “sidekick” for the children and bring them Play-Dough?

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How does this all fit together?

Morning Prayer:
October 19, 2016
Prayer by Mr. Brian Freel, Campus Ministry

How does all of this fit together?

Our schedule is all mixed up this week.  Right now, each grade is ready to take different tests, sitting in different classrooms.  How do these tests connect with our classes?

It helps every now and then to step back and take the long view and realize we are part of something bigger, and that somehow “God brings all things together for the good of those who love Him.”

Last week we learned about the tragedy of Human Trafficking and what we could do to end it.  This week we have prayed about respecting all people, born or unborn, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, old or young.  How does all of this fit together?  It is one seamless garment of respecting all people because we are all made in the image of God.  God is the creator, mysteriously bringing it all together.  Let us pray.

God, sometimes I feel like I’m just a piece in a big puzzle.  Help me to trust that You know how all of this fits together.  Help me to find my place, knowing that I am made in your image and for a purpose to do good.  And help me to see you in all people, remembering that you created us all to live and love together, like Jesus.  In His name we pray.  Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Little Shop of Horros

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Fine Arts

Marist Theater Presents…

Little Shop of Horrors

October 20 & 22

Book by Howard Ashman Music and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken

Seymour Krelborn is a loser: stuck in a dead-end job at a Skid Row florist, in love with a co-worker who isn’t available to him, and destined for a life of missed opportunities. His luck changes, however, with the arrival of strange and interesting new plant that offers Seymour a chance to make his dreams come true…but at an outrageous price. Created by the team that brought us Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors is a celebration of all the fun, silliness, and delicious terror of a 1950’s sci-fi horror flick!

Marist School will present this one-act version of the show to our audience on campus, and then take it to the Region One Act Play Competition at North Hall High School on October 22.

Tickets on sale: Monday, October 10 in the Campus Store.
Performances: Thursday, October 20 and Saturday, October at 7:30 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium
Audience: Appropriate for all ages. As a courtesy to other audience members, please do not bring children under the age of 4.

to the Glory of God

Morning Prayer:
September 29, 2016
Prayer by Mary Catherine ’17

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions, doing our daily activities merely because that’s what we did yesterday.  Really, do you think about setting your alarm each night or fixing breakfast in the morning or studying for your math test?

Yes, our routines are great, but how would your daily life be impacted if you truly did all with the intention of praising God?  Would you act a little differently in the lunch line?  Would you choose to smile and say “hi” to the person you sort of know in the hallway?  Would you be a little less stressed going into that math test, knowing that you did your best to glorify God through your preparation?

Dear Lord,

Please help us to glorify you with all the small, trivial things we do each day.  Help us to remember that living in a Christ-like way does not require some colossal change in our lives, but rather just a small change in our intentions and perception of the things around us.

Amen.

Mary Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.