Into the Woods

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Fall Musical
Into The Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Sometimes “ever after” isn’t necessarily happy in this riveting and beautiful show.

Tickets on sale: Monday, September 15, 2014
Performances: September 24, 25, and 27, 2014 7:30 PM
Audience: Appropriate for all ages. As a courtesy to other audience members, please do not bring children under the age of 4.

Truly, The Best $5 Spent on an Evening’s Entertainment!

The World Cup: A Religious Experience

Morning Prayer: The World Cup: A Religious Experience
September 17, 2014
Prayer by Maria ’16

Over the summer, I engaged in a pastime that I never thought I would do: watching the World Cup. I have never been into watching sports, so the fact that I would sit in front of the TV for several hours each day watching soccer was surprising. My younger brother is a soccer player, so he initiated the World Cup craze in my house. Although I was uninterested at first, I was slowly drawn in and eventually became addicted. I had never realized how intense and technical a game soccer, or futbol as it is called in most other countries, is. I watched the games on Univision, so the commentary was in Spanish. Although I couldn’t understand all of it because they were talking so fast, I was able to pick out bits and pieces. My favorite remark was made during one of the Mexico games. One of the soccer players was down, and the ref said, “We tell him what they told Lazarus: rise up and walk!” After having a good laugh, I started thinking about how important religion is in Latin America. Biblical references and prayer are abundant, so it was no surprise that a week later, my family was surrounding the TV watching the Colombia and Brazil game and doing some heavy duty praying. My home team of Colombia unfortunately lost, which made me really sad, but the sense of unity I felt with my family and Colombia and the power of prayer was not lost upon me.

Praying in another language is powerful. When we pray in our native language, we often recite from memory and don’t really think about the meaning behind the prayer. Praying in another language that does not come quite as easily helps us to really think about the meaning behind our prayer. I often do this during cross country races to calm my nerves. I usually say the Hail Mary, Our Father, and Glory Be in Spanish. I encourage you all to do this whenever you feel stressed or need to take your mind off of things. Since it is Hispanic Heritage Month, I ask everyone to join me in saying the Our Father in Spanish:

En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amen.
Padre Nuestro, que estás en el cielo,
Santificado sea tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu reino;
Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Y perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en la tentación;
Más líbranos de mal.
Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for us.
En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amen.

Into the Construction Zone

Into the Construction Zone

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Over the past few years, the Marist campus has undergone an amazing amount of change. There are buildings that weren’t there before, teachers whose faces are new to campus, and hallways that still have that “new building smell.” In fact, if you look at a before and after picture of the Marist campus, it might appear to be an act of magic!

But getting to this point took quite some time. There were days where you could barely hear Dr. Moffitt’s US history lecture over the voices of excited workers below with their bright green hard hats and New York accents. And if you’ve ever wondered if the sounds of construction mix well with the bright harmonies from chorus class, trust me, they don’t. This transition phase was not very comfortable.

Sometimes, though, the real magic can only happen when we step outside of our comfort zones, and go into the “construction zone.”

And that’s the key to making magic happen at Marist! After all, it is often said that life only truly begins right outside of our comfort zones. Similar to the Marist campus, my life has undergone a huge construction/renovation project which has had nothing but positive effects. While Marist boasts new buildings and faculty, my life boasts new friends and mentors. Both my life and the Marist campus are in a state now that they would not be in if it weren’t for stepping outside of the comfort zone. Being a student ambassador, becoming a part of the debate team, and even studying abroad, were all experiences that were a little scary at first, but proved to have incredible benefits.

 

Once on This Island

Once on This Island

Even today I can still remember my first audition for Marist theatre 3 years ago. I remember feeling the cold waves of anxiety rush through my body, causing me to literally shake from nervousness. But Mr. McNaughton, the current theatre director, was incredibly kind and immediately assured me that I had nothing to worry about. Joining the cast of the Marist theatre that fall made me a part of a group. But stepping outside of my comfort zone, by meeting new people and trying new things, made me a part of a family. And now that I have grown with that family, I can honestly say that joining Marist theatre was one of the best risks I have ever taken. In a way, theater was my “construction zone.”

Marist offers so many amazing opportunities, some of which may seem terrifying at first. But the magic can only happen when you allow yourself to be constructed, renovated, and transformed by stepping away from what you are comfortable with. It’s okay if you haven’t tried it before. It’s okay if it’s not something that your friends are doing. Sometimes the construction zone can be intimidating due to its loud and confusing nature. But if you come to Marist, be willing to try new things and fall in love with the things that you try.

So as soon as you get to Marist (or anywhere new, for that matter), don’t waste any time! Put on your work jeans and strap on your hard hats. The construction zone is right outside of your door, and it’s calling your name.

Brandon ’15

Why fit in when you were born to stand out…

Morning Prayer: Why fit in when you were born to stand out…
September 11, 2014
Prayer by Champ ’16

Reflection: I want to share a quote with you today by Dr. Seuss. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” Just think about this (Quick pause). To me, this quote is saying that God has made us in our own unique way. However, it is hard for people to stand out. Usually we cannot stand out because we follow what everyone else is doing. Maybe though, you have stood out in your own way. That could be doing well during your practices or maybe just standing up for what you believe in when other people are the opposite. Today, I want you to stand out in your own unique way that God made you for.

Let us pray. In the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Dear heavenly father, thank you for all the gifts that you have given us. Especially the ones that make us who we are. Help us to stand out today and live our lives to the fullest. And let’s take a moment of silence to remember all of the 9/11 victims and their families (long pause). Amen.

Mary Seat of Wisdom. Pray for us. In the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit.

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Morning Prayer: Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
September 9, 2014
Prayer by Ms. Natalie Turbiville, Mathematics Department

Good Morning. “My comfort would prefer for me to be numb. And avoid the impending birth of who I was born to become.” This comes from Brooke Fraser’s song entitled C.S. Lewis and it strikes me each time I hear the lyrics. It is easy to get comfortable, not the sitting on a comfy couch comfortable, but comfortable in a place in life which stops progression into the next phase. As a coach, I understand if a runner or swimmer easily completes workouts and is physically comfortable the entire time, they are not being developed into the athletes they could become. As a teacher, I understand if my students are not challenged and are mentally comfortable the entire time, they are not being developing the critical thinking skills needed to adapt in a quickly changing world. As a Christian, I have experienced being comfortable to the point of numbness, where life become stagnant. During these times I have missed developing spiritually—in delaying my walk with the Lord. My prayer is that you learn to break free of complacency and embrace the uncomfortable moments; physically, academically, and spiritually. Those uncomfortable moments rid numbness and lead you to growth.

Let us pray. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Lord, things change again. When will I be able to rest in the comfort of knowing what comes next? Empty my heart of anxiety, and fill it instead with wonder and awe. Release me from the chains of complacency, and bind me to your every-moving Spirit. When fear of something new paralyzes me, and grief cripples me with anger, over the loss of what had been, send your angels to give me a gentle push over that frightening edge into the unknown, so that I may learn to trust you. For you alone are eternal. You alone are enduring. You alone are the everlasting Lord. And in you alone will this restless world find peace.

Mary Seat of Wisdom, pray for us. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.