Kindness Always Matter

Morning Prayer:
October 24, 2017

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and so here at Marist we are marking this important topic with Kindness Rocks Week. We choose to focus on the positive during this week because if everyone is being kind, then bullying isn’t an issue. In my years being a human on this planet, I know that even though being kind sounds easy, it often is not. Since we are all imperfect, things like jealousy, insecurity, and fear often get in our way and keep us from being the person God wants us to be.

I am blessed and cursed with a good memory. For example, I remember the time when I walked away from a friend in junior high school in order to join a group that I thought was cooler. I remember how much I’d hurt her. And I remember at prom gathering all of my girlfriends for a group picture. Except for one girl that I didn’t get along with at the time. No one said anything. We stood there posing and smiling, and then she walked up and saw it happening without her. I will never forget the look on her face.

And it’s good that I remember, because it motivates me to be a kinder person.
So, I ask you today and every day to try harder. To be better. To include. To choose NOT to spread the rumor. To keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say. Because here is the thing. There are lots of times in life when our effort doesn’t pay off. Sometimes you study and study, but you don’t get the grade you wanted. Or you train hard, but don’t make the team or reach your goal. But with kindness, your effort pays always pays off.

Kindness always matters.

Let us pray.

Dear God –
Please help us to be better disciples of your love and kindness. Help us to resist the temptation to hurt others. Help us to reach out to those around us. To say a kind word, hold a door, stop to help, and to apologize when we need to. Help us to see the difference we can make in someone’s life by being better humans. Please give us the self-awareness and strength to do this, and to do better because we know better.
Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for us.

Marist is home…

Morning Prayer:

October 13, 2017

Prayer by Sydney ’18

 

Homecoming. For us students, homecoming is a time full of excitement. Our school spirit is at an all-time high with how amazing our athletic teams are doing, and everyone is looking forward to Saturday night’s dance. With so much happening around us, it’s easy to miss what the true meaning behind homecoming is. Homecoming is when Marist invites all Alumni back to campus to celebrate them being, well, back home.

 

The place we go back to at the end of every day is not our only home. A home is where the heart is, whereever you are surrounded by people who love you, care for you, and want you to succeed. A place where you are celebrated for being who you are and have people around you to support you and push you to be the best version of yourself.

 

Whether you want to admit it or not, Marist is your home. It was your home the moment you stepped on campus for the very first time as a nervous new kid and will continue to be your home long after you cross the stage at graduation.

 

Seniors, this is our last homecoming football game and dance before we become Alumni ourselves. The people sitting next to you right now, the friends you’ve grown close to over these past six years, and the teachers who have challenged you and shaped your minds and your hearts are your family and Marist is, and will always be, your home.

 

Junior, Sophomores, Freshman, and 7th and 8th graders – It is up to you to keep the Marist Family movement alive in the upcoming years. This is your home; cherish the amazing time you have left.

 

We, the students, the teachers, the faculty, and the alumni who came before us – are all One Family, One Body, One Marist.

 

Let us pray-

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

 

We thank you for the gift of home. Thank you for blessing us with people who love us and care for us. We ask that you watch over those without homes whether that is a place to sleep at night or a community of people who care for them. Help us to use our school spirit to make everyone who steps on our campus feel like they are a part of something special – one family, one body, one Marist.

 

Amen

 

Mary Seat of Wisdom

Pray for Us

Two Possible Worlds – what will you choose?

Morning Prayer:
October 2, 2017
Prayer by Mr. Stephen Lorys, Science Department

Two possible worlds:

Once upon a time, someone was hurt, lonely, and in despair.  And everyone else was so busy putting themselves first, that no one cared enough to do anything about it.  The End.

Or…

Once upon a time, someone was hurt, lonely, and in despair.  So Jesus came to Earth to show us how to fix that by taking care of each other.  And while the world didn’t live happily ever after then, at least there was a way forward to less hurt, loneliness, and despair; so that maybe one day we COULD live happily ever after. The End.

Tell me which of these worlds you would rather be living in.  Better yet, show me.

We pray with St Theresa of Avila:

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

AMEN!

Mary, Sedes Sapientiae, pray for us.

International World Peace Day

Morning Prayer:
September 21, 2017
Prayer by Mrs. Tricia Glidewell, STEAM Coordinator

Good morning, Marist. Today is International World Peace Day.  Hmmm…  International World Peace Day.  World Peace….  Now that’s something that sounds like a great idea!  Who wouldn’t want international peace?  Perhaps you pray regularly for peace in the world at large.  Keep doing it! If you don’t, start! Sometimes maybe it seems like too much to ask for – something that seems out of reach.  Perhaps you ask yourself what can one person do to impact peace between all people in all the world.  The answer you probably come up with is “Not much!”

There are lots of scriptures that refer to peace.  You know them as well as I do:
Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.” (John 16:13)

In Hebrews, we hear, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy.” (Hebrews 12:14)

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:18)

In Proverbs, we find “Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)

I came away from a study of these scriptures with the idea that they aren’t about international peace; they’re about peace between individuals and within groups of individuals.  Mother Teresa said, “Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and start with the person nearest you.”  So the question for me is, “How can I promote peace in my little corner of the world?” Let’s start there.  What would that look like?

  • Maybe it looks like not intentionally doing something to my sister that I know will push her buttons and cause a meltdown.
  • Maybe it looks like not blowing my horn at the person who is being slow to make a turn in front of me or doesn’t pull off as soon as the light turns green.
  • Maybe it looks like taking a deep breath to keep myself from saying something harsh or hurtful when someone hurts me or makes me angry.
  • Maybe it looks like changing the subject when I am with friends who begin to say critical things of another person.
  • Maybe it looks like choosing to share humorous or life-building quotes and stories on social media.
  • Maybe it looks like reaching out and being nice to that person in my life who always seems to be angry or negative.
  • Maybe it looks like giving someone else the benefit of the doubt before I judge or react harshly.

I ask you, “What does peace in your little corner of the world look like today?”  And “What are you going to do about it?” What if spreading peace was like catching the flu?  Would you be contagious?

Let us pray: Lord, open our hearts and minds to living in peace with others.  Give us eyes to see the opportunities we have to promote peace with those all around us.  Give us a yearning to exhibit your peace so that others may be inspired to do the same.  In your holy name we pray, Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Marist and St. Pius Team up for Claws for a Cause

Marist and St. Pius Team up for Claws for a Cause

On Thursday , September 28,  the Marist Volleyball program will be hosting St. Pius X for the 9th annual Claws for a Cause in Centennial Gymnasium. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. The Middle School and JV teams will play at 5 p.m., followed by a check presentation to the American Cancer Society at 6:15 p.m. The Varsity teams will face off at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Come out and support the Lady War Eagles and the American Cancer Society!

Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Featuring a company of actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.

Performances:  September 27, 28, and 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

The show runs about two hours, plus a 15 minute intermission.

Audience:  Rated PG for mild violence and some mature themes/humor.

Water Adhesion

Super cool AP Bio experiment in Mrs. Rivera’s class yesterday. We tested the adhesion of water and at what point would the water spill over.

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39 Droplets of Water was the tipping point!  Follow our lab experiments on our new Instagram account – maristlabs or go to instagram.com/p/BYLllYZgjsU/

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Kicking off our new school year with a Solar Eclipse

Morning Prayer:
August 21, 2017
Prayer by Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M.

Today is the first full day of school, but it will be cut short as we all trek to the Hughes Spalding Stadium later this afternoon to view the solar eclipse. Some great pictures will be taken that will end up in the school yearbook for sure.

I must admit that I am both amused and heartened by all the interest and excitement about this. I am pleased to know that something can draw our attention away from our cell phones and iPads and cause us to lift our heads heavenward even if only for about two and a half minutes. Hopefully, our minds and hearts will follow.

I have read where thousands of Atlantans are making their way to north Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas to view this event. That will be one traffic jam I am quite content to sit out. However, from another perspective, the lines of cars, trucks, and RVs heading to the mountains to get the best view possible reminds me of a liturgical procession. After all, since ancient times, mountains have been seen as a kind of natural meeting place between God and humanity. When the eclipse does occur, I suspect that all of us will be filled with wonder and awe. Don’t be surprised if you might feel just a tad fearful. Finding yourself in the dark when the sun should be shining will do that to you. By the way, wonder and awe are religious feelings that we associate with coming into God’s presence. Fear and trembling are the other two. Recall that people responded to Jesus’s miracles with wonder and awe and, yes, also with fear and trembling. If our understanding or vision of God does not evoke those religious sentiments in us, then we need to adjust our spiritual glasses. Viewing the solar eclipse this afternoon will be a good exercise in letting yourself be filled with wonder and awe. That’s a good place to start.

Let us pray. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Psalm 148
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
give praise, all you his hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens,
you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the LORD’s name;
Amen.

Mary, seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Summer is Near…

Morning Prayer:
May 22, 2017
Prayer by Fr. David Musso, S.M., Campus Minister

This weekend 200 seniors walked across the stage in Centennial Center to receive their diplomas which declared them to be educated in the highest academic traditions of the state and grounded in the spirit of the Marist Mission. We are proud of them. As they leave Marist School to continue their growth, education and formation in colleges across the country, they do so knowing that they have received the best that we and their parents have to give, and that they will always have a connection to the Marist family, and students across many generations who carry the Marist name. They leave not simply having received the resources to succeed in the larger national and world community. They go out into the world to share those resources with all those they meet. They are to be examples of good character, models of compassion and leadership, and witnesses to a deeper truth – that must often stand against the shallow standards of the world they will confront.

In a couple weeks, Summer Vacation will begin for the rest of us, students and faculty alike. True, its only a temporary absence from the campus, but it is time for some rest and renewal that we all look forward to. We may go away to far and exciting places. We may go on mission trips, lead or attend a number of different kinds of camps, or visit family and friends. We might even meet and make new friends. Or, we might just hang out, go to the beach, and do nothing particularly exciting.

But very much like the seniors who have just become alumni, each of us leave carrying with us the opportunity and responsibility of continuing living in the Marist Way. Of being examples to others, and models of good character and high values. Be safe, have fun, and return with all of your enthusiasm and energy refreshed and renewed. Have fun; get some well-deserved R & R, and Go with God.

Let Us Pray

Loving God, As we enter the final weeks of this school year,
we ask your blessing on all of our activities and efforts.
It has been a year of growth, .. Of successes and failures,
and of joy and some sorrow.
We ask you to continue to guide and protect us
in the next few months,
and to give us the opportunities
that will allow us to be witnesses of your own love and goodness.
Bless those who have just graduated,
and continue to bless each of us in our journeys
as students, faculty, staff and administration.
Thank you for the year we are now ending,
and bring new and exciting possibilities
into our lives in the months ahead of us.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, our Lord and brother,
under the protection and guidance of Mary, our Mother.

Amen

Mary Seat of Wisdom—-Pray for Us

The Bess Beetle Pull

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Ms. Rivera’s AP Biology class participates in the Bess Beetle Pull Contest. Bess Beetles are one of the most common beetles you may encounter in the US. They can get rather large at 1.5-2.0 inches in length. Students will be having the beetles pull petri dishes with washers in them to determine their beetle’s relative pulling power.