an Experience of “the Journey”

Morning Prayer:
February 16, 2018
Prayer by Sara Jane ’21

Last Tuesday a group of students and I went to Clarkston, GA to tutor and learn more about refugees.

While I was there, one of the most frequently asked questions to me was “how many more minutes do I have?” What they meant is how much longer are you going to spend with them. Each time I would try to avoid the answer because it made me feel guilty, but inevitably I gave them the truth. I had 30 more minutes, and I think I wanted to stay just as much as they wanted us too. The child I was with was named Shemi and he would always try and bargain with me for more time. “1000 more minutes,” he kept on saying. The thing is they wanted us there, and that is a luxury that the refugees do not have. Only 63% of people in the United States are willing to have refugees come into our country. That means that 37% of people do not want to give refugees a chance at a better life. I found that they were 100% welcoming to us, and we as a country need to have a more welcoming mindset and give them a better chance to survive and rebuild their lives. Let’s share the journey with immigrants and refugees.

Dear Lord,

Please give us empathy to better understand the plight of the refugees. May we have an open mind to learn more about these individuals and a mouth that says only kind words to them. May we have hearts that show love and what it means to be part of a community to refugees. May we have open ears that hear their calls for help, and helping hands that want to respond. But most of all, may we open our arms to welcome them into our country and communities.

Amen,

Mary Seat of Wisdom Pray for us.

“Share the Journey” this Lenten Season

Morning Prayer:
February 14, 2018
Prayer by Christian ’21

Pope Francis encourages us, “Not just to see but to look. Not just to hear but to listen. Not just to meet and pass by, but to stop. And don’t just say ‘what a shame, poor people,’ but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.”

Last September, Pope Francis launched the “Share the Journey” campaign as a call to respond to the crisis of refugees and migrants worldwide and for Christians to share the journey of young refugees. Many refugees our age spend over ten years in a refugee camp.

Many of you likely remember the simulation of the refugee camp that was set up in the arcade last October. It was a display from Catholic Charities of Atlanta to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees.

As we begin the forty days of Lent today with Ash Wednesday, all of you likely noticed that today is also Valentine’s Day. The first Lenten activity will be an opportunity to send a Valentine’s Card to your representatives in Congress asking for laws that treat migrants with respect, dignity, and justice as God’s children.  Stop by the tables in the arcade during lunch this week to ask our representatives to “Love Your Neighbor.”

And now, if you’re comfortable, I’d like to ask you to reach out and hold hands with your neighbors as we pray. Let’s share the love!

Let us pray together a prayer from Pope Francis.

Heavenly Father,

You are the source of all goodness, generosity, and love. We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome and reach out our hands in support. That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death.

Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom (Pray for Us)

The Family Advisory Created

Morning Prayer:
December 14, 2017
Prayer by Ashley ’18

On the first day of high school, I hated my homeroom. I walked into the band room to discover none of my close friends were in sight. The room was pretty quiet and awkward that first day. On top of my disappointment, I had no idea what to think of my homeroom teacher, known for his loud voice and crazy shoes. Persistently holding onto my negative first impression, I anticipated dreading 8:15 every morning for the next four years of my life.

However, over time, my homeroom started to warm up to each other. Conversation buzzed over ninth grade homecoming and how hard biology was. Additionally, we slowly got to know our homeroom teacher: he revealed that he spoke a ton of languages, had lived in all these cool European countries, and was a lot wiser and more interesting than we thought at first. He even told us the meaning behind his wacky ties that featured famous paintings and music notes: he showed us it’s always cool to just be yourself.

Flash forward to schola brevis this year, as seniors. My whole advisory rushed into C250 to take a group picture of the family advisory time had created. This closeness was mostly due to the trust we had built over the years. I now know I can confidently tell my homeroom anything and the secret would stay between us. They share in my triumphs, my defeats, and my anguish over uniform detentions. I am very grateful for Mr. Craddock’s  advisory and everyone in it for being one of my favorite parts of high school.

Now, I’m not just telling you this story to encourage you to get to know the people in your homerooms, although you definitely should. Instead, I want to remind you that sometimes God doesn’t always give us what we want, but he gives us what we need. My advisory was what I needed to grow into who I am- I just didn’t always know it.

Let us pray:

Dear God,

Help us to remember to keep an open mind today and everyday.

Amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

Morning Prayer:
November 13, 2017
Prayer by Fr. Harhager, S.M., President

This is the final week of the first term. So, I know this can be a time of stress as we rush to complete our projects, prepare for and then take the end-of-term exams.

 At the same time, Thanksgiving is near. If there was such a thing, we would be in the midst of the Thanksgiving Season. It reminds me of a talk I heard many years ago – when I was in Rome the first time.

 I attended a talk by a priest psychiatrist who spent most of his life treating people, including priests and religious, with serious mental health issues. After the talk, he opened the floor to questions. I don’t remember anything else from this talk except for his answer to the question: Can you identify a single element in troubled people’s lives which may be responsible for their mental/emotional illness? He said that, without a doubt, the one element missing in these people’s lives is a sense of gratitude. He said, if you want to stay healthy – cultivate gratitude in your life.

 Being grateful – helps us beat stress, softens the sad moments, enables us to say “goodbye”, reroutes our angry energy, moves us away from envy, etc. Gratitude will not only help us enjoy our family gatherings next week but may even help us get through this week.

 And so we turn to St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:6-7):

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 Let us pray:

Loving Father,

with grateful hearts we turn to you.

You are the source of all the good things we experience in our lives.

Help us to remain serene this week

so that our work these days may truly reflect

the profound fruit of Your love for us.

Fill our hearts with gratitude

now and forever and ever. Amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom… pray for us.

El Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration

El Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration

Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m., Bishop Gunn Art Gallery

Families will enjoy the Marist altar, authentic Mexican food, as well as the delightful sounds of Willie Ziavino & the C.O.T. Band

Dating back to pre-Columbian cultures, El Día de los Muertos is the Mexican tradition of respecting and honoring the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It is an integration of Aztec practices and the Catholic feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. El Día de los Muertos is a joyous celebration of the departed through food, drink, song, and art held annually October 31 through November 2.

The most recognized symbols of El Día de los Muertos are the playful calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). These are not scary ghouls, but vibrant figures representing the sweetness of life. The most infamous calaca is Catrina. Derived from the satirical etchings of political cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), Catrina has become an icon of the holiday.

This exhibit is a collaboration of Centro Hispano, Consulate General of Mexico, the Fine Arts Department, Marist Arts Guild (MAG), the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, the Spanish Department, the MOSAIC student club, and Marist Staff Josephina Mora.

In Pursuit of Magic

Show time! Marist theater presents…In Pursuit of Magic

Thursday and Saturday, October 26 & 28, 7:30 p.m.

Our own Marist Theater, with the support of the award-winning Serenbe Playhouse, has created a thrilling and chilling evening of theater for the Halloween season!

The show is an exploration of some of the darker aspects of human nature, and will be presented at various sites around campus.  Yes, it’s all outdoors.

Each of the seven stories is inspired by literature that is studied at some point in our students’ career here:  Hamlet, Red Badge of Courage, Life of Pi, Lord of the Flies, Princess and the Tiger, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and 1984.

Here are a few important points that will help you enjoy your experience:

  • We will perform rain or shine, outdoors at all times. • Please dress for the weather.
  • The experience will last for about an hour, with no intermission.
  • Our show will take place in a variety of locations on campus, all within the same general area. You will always be walking on concrete, but please wear appropriate footwear.
  • Please gather on the large staircase off the Flag Circle by 7:30 p.m.
  • Restrooms are available in the lobby of Woodruff Auditorium. We recommend that you visit them before the show begins.
  • There will be gunshots, screams, and ghosts in our show. Be prepared.
  • PLEASE JOIN US IN COSTUME! We would love to see your favorite characters from literature, but cool Halloween-wear will be awesome, too!
  • Our show is an immersive one: you are within the action, and, at times, may be called upon to be a part of the action. Take your cues from the actors…they’ll guide your way.

Come one, come all, and help us create a chilling new first for Marist Theater! Tickets on sale at the Campus Store.

Audience: Rated PG-13. This will not be a “cute” Halloween story!