The Bees Are Here!

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The bees are here! Marist now has its first ever colony of honey bees located cross creek somewhat near the sand volleyball court where the sheep were last year.  Below is a picture of what the actual hive looks like.  We are getting this colony for our community because the population of honey bees has been rapidly decreasing due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use and disease.  Bees are a huge part of our everyday lives as they are responsible for pollinating more than 80% of the food we eat.  Something you might find interesting is that the only bees you likely see are female because they make up the majority of “worker bees” that collect nectar for their hive.  In order to create just 1 teaspoon of honey, it takes about 12 worker bees their whole lives (6 weeks) to make.  Next time you are eating an apple or enjoying a cup of tea with some honey, remember the bees and how vital they are to our environment.  If you would like to help this issue, think about planting some lavender or bluebells in your yard…the bees love them!

If you are concerned about having honey bees on campus, please know that they are extremely gentle creatures who won’t bother you as long as you don’t bother them.  It has been explained to me that “honey bees are to cows as yellow jackets and wasps are to wolves.”  Informational signs about honey bees will be going up around campus next week to inform the student body more about the bees and the hive.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Hopefully you will be able to have a taste of Marist-grown honey in the near future!

Bee Hive

Bee Hive

Junior Classical League State Convention

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GEORGIA Junior Classical League 2016 Results

Congratulations to the Marist Latin team who competed over the weekend at the 2016 Georgia Junior Classical League State Convention, which attracted nearly 1000 delegates from 44 schools. Marist competed in the large delegation division in the areas of ACADEMICS, CREATIVE ARTS, and GRAPHIC ARTS.

For the first time since the founding of Rome in 753 B.C., Marist School won first place in both Sweepstakes: total points and points per delegate. In addition, Marist Latin students were one point shy of first place in the SPIRIT CONTEST.

Full results will be posted as Marist JCL celebrates National Latin Week and Georgia Classics Week.

Fourviere Week at Marist

Morning Prayer:
April 12, 2016
Prayer by Connor ’16 and Ryan ’16

We enjoyed a beautiful day off yesterday in honor of the inspirational founding of the Society of Mary and its Fourviere Pledge. As Father Harhager, S.M. said during our Friday morning prayer, the Fourviere pledge was shared for all of us future Marists-in-the-making 200 years ago, in 1816. It is the inspirational starting point for the Society of Mary, the Marists, in the world — much like the Declaration of Independence was an inspirational starting point for our country 240 years ago.

Fourviere is the location of the chapel on the hill within the French city of Lyons. This is where the Pledge was made. This week, Marists celebrate this Pledge around the world, in missions, parishes and schools like ours. The entire week calls us to remember the courageous Marists back then — those Marists we know and love today — and those Marists we pray are to come…

In each of our morning prayers this week, the Marist Way class will share with you a sentence from the Fourviere pledge and a prayer with it. Here is the beginning line —
“We, the undersigned, striving to work together for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, Mother of the Lord Jesus, assert and declare our sincere intention and firm will of consecrating ourselves at the first opportunity to founding the pious congregation of Mary-ists.”

PRAYER

In light of this statement…Let us pray.

God of love, you call out to all of us here…at this mission school within the Society of Mary, in Atlanta, Georgia. Give us – the student body, faculty and staff of Marist School – the courage and sincere intention, every day, to give greater glory to God. AND, as long as we are associated with the Society of Mary, strengthen our commitment to support and sustain its “Spirit of Mary” in the world — and especially here at this school on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom…

Embracing our Diversity

Morning Prayer:
April 7, 2016
Prayer by Dexter ’19

Dear God,

Thank you for allowing us to see another beautiful day at Marist. As we go through this day help us to see that even though we are all essentially from all across the world, God loves each and every one of us. Help us to not shy away from diversity, but instead embrace our diversity because a diverse community leads to a deeper relationship with God.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray For Us.

Praying for Wholeness during Holy Week

Morning Prayer:
March 21, 2016
Prayer by Fr. John Harhager, S.M., President

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and with it we began that very special week in the Church’s calendar which is called Holy Week.

The word “holy” means being sacred or being close to the divine. It comes from an old English word which is derived from a German word which means: wholly (spelled W H O L L Y). This word means to become whole or complete. And so this Holy Week is a time for us to become whole.

This would suggest that we may not be whole or complete. And that reminds me of another word, “holey” (spelled H O L E Y) which means having holes or gaps or openings. It is the opposite of being “whole.” Shirts are said to be holey, if they have many holes in them. We are not shirts but we too can have holes in us: spaces of emptiness, pockets of darkness, little places of loneliness, sinful spots… anything within us which makes us feel less than whole, incomplete, unsatisfied, resistant to wholeness.

Holy Week then is that very special week at the end of Lent when we work extra hard at filling the holes in our lives with God so that we are made whole and become God’s Holy People.

And we are not alone in needing to be made whole. Pope Francis tells us all of creation strives for wholeness. And in Laudato Si, he gives us a prayer which fits perfectly with this Holy Week.

So, let us pray an abbreviated version of that prayer. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All-powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us/in us each day.

Mary, seat of wisdom…. pray for us.

The Addams Family

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The Addams Family is just like every other American family – with a twist.  They love and support each other unconditionally because “living or dead – family is still family!” But that love is put to the test when cherished daughter Wednesday falls in love with a nice boy from – gasp! – OHIO!  The future of the happy couple depends on one “normal” night when the families meet, as Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, and Pugsley do their dreary best to support Wednesday while staying true to their Addams family values.  “Come, every one of us…living…dead…and undecided…and celebrate what it is to be an Addams!”

Here are the details:

When:            Wednesday (Addams) – Saturday, April 6 – 9, 2016

Where:           Woodruff Auditorium

Time:              7:30 PM; show runs about 2 ½  hours (including intermission)

How:               Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 21, and will be sold daily from 8 AM – 4 PM.

 

One with Nature

Morning Prayer:
February 19, 2016
Prayer by Courtney ’16

“When we speak of the ‘environment,’ what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” [#139] Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si

Have you ever thought about how we drive a couple hours out of the city for most of our school retreats? These places often have less technology than we are used to in our everyday lives: we turn off our cell phones, we have no access to TV or internet, and sometimes we even have limited amount of hot water or air conditioning. Or why do people walk outside for a breath of fresh air when they are stressed, mad, or upset? Why is it that simply witnessing a sunset, sitting on a beach, or standing on the calm of a mountain top brings us such comfort and peace?

When God created Adam and Eve, he didn’t drop them in the midst of a bustling metropolis, armed with a cell phone and a credit card. No, God carefully and intentionally created the earth and the sky and the sea, all the plants and animals, and finished off his plan with humans to live in harmony with all of his creation. We were called to care for his creation, not to abuse it for our benefit. God intended us to live in unison with nature. Like we heard last week at the Ash Wednesday mass, we are dust, and to dust we will return.

Dear Lord, we thank you for thoughtfully planning every bit of your creation, including each one of us. Guide us in how to interact with the world around us, and grant us respect for your gift of nature. Help us to notice the beauty that surrounds us. In your name we pray, amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Mother Nature

Morning Prayer:
February 17, 2016
Prayer by Laine ’16

Good morning. I want to ask that you take a quick moment to think. Picture your favorite place in the world. Picture it in its entirety. Maybe you’re on the top of a mountain, standing in a field of wild flowers or snow. Or maybe your toes are sinking into the cool sand of your favorite beach while your skin soaks up some warm sun rays. Or maybe you’re reading a book on a dock at your favorite lake while boats pass by. Think about the smell of the pine trees or the salt water. Think about the warm or cold breeze brushing your cheeks. Think about the amazing sunset or sunrise you are watching. Now that you have this place in mind, think about how much of the scenery is nature. God tells us to care for our environment and to cherish it, but why does it seem so hard to do? Why do we still throw all of our lunch away when we know things can be composted or recycled? Why do we still take long showers knowing that extra water could be used for something better? Or why do we leave lights on when we leave a room? This Lenten season, we as a school are trying to make being environmentally conscious a bit easier to do. Maybe you’ve noticed the posters up above the trisorters, or the stickers on the lunch containers, or the articles in the halls and bathrooms. So next time you are at lunch, think about that beautiful place you pictured earlier and how beautiful and pure that nature is. Wouldn’t you want to keep it that way?

Let us pray,

Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for the earth.
Help us to act now for the good of future generations and all your creatures.
Help us to see your ever-present love around us today and everyday.

Amen.