Hidden Value in Advisory

Morning Prayer: Hidden Value in Advisory
September 4, 2014
Prayer by Mrs. Patty Montague, Director of Counseling

Ally, Andrews, Braxton, Elizabeth, Eric, Jamie, Julian, Kate, Marielle, Parker, Zuri – From the fall of 2010 through May of last year, I was fortunate to get to meet with these 11 students in advisory. When we first started meeting together, it was not always easy for me or for them – I know I was not the coolest of advisors, and too often my “mother lecture” voice came out. They had divergent interests – athletics, the arts, campus ministry and clubs, different religious affiliations, and wildly different political ideologies. Over the four years, I watched them emerge as leaders at Marist – captains and chaplains of sport teams, retreat leaders, Peer leaders, club officers, leaders in the theater, MBC anchors, Eucharistic Ministers and student government leaders. I also learned more about each of them and their lives outside of Marist.

Now, for that mother lecture voice – for those of you just getting to know your classmates and advisor or house leaders, be open to discussion, respectful of others who are willing to share their thoughts, and just enjoy each day together. For those of you for whom this is year 2, 3, or 4 together – same advice, but now that you know each other as Marist classmates, take the time to really get to know someone else in your advisory that you might not otherwise outside of that space and time.

This year, the 11 Marist Alumni who were in my advisory are attending 8 different colleges in 6 different states. I hope that they are joining groups where they might not be comfortable at first and getting as involved in their campus communities as they were here. I think of them often, and I continue to pray for them and their success.

Let us pray

Father – thank you for all of the opportunities available to all of us at Marist to be members of communities. Bless the advisories and homerooms here at Marist, and help us all live out the theme “love thy neighbor” daily in those groups. We ask this in your son’s name, Amen –

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

It’s all about the Attitude

Morning Prayer: It’s all about the Attitude
September 3, 2014
Prayer by Kevin ’15

Good Morning. I’d like to share with you a short but inspirational quote.  It is:

“I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it”

Take a minute to think: when you woke up this morning, did you have a good attitude? I know for a fact that I did not. I was reaching for the snooze button. I was thinking about homework I had to do, quizzes I had to take, and college applications I had to submit. Basically I was thinking about all the difficult work  that I had in my schedule.

When you have a bad attitude, it’s really hard to enjoy life. And, even worse, it’s impossible to live life the way God intends. God wants us to be happy, and he wants us to realize all the blessings that he has put into our lives, so that we can spread our joy to others.

The great thing about attitude is that it’s completely under our control. You get to choose how you will approach every single day. Sometimes we have so much to do for school, for sports, or for anything else that we just want to lay down and quit. But when we look at these challenges with a positive attitude, we realize that God puts things in our lives to make us stronger.

So today, see how you can improve your attitude. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Let us pray

Grant us the strength and patience to approach everything we do with a good attitude.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us

the Unification of Prayer

Morning Prayer: the Unification of Prayer
August 28, 2014
Prayer by Myriam ’15

Good morning Marist School! For those of you who are new to Marist, every morning here begins with a prayer– it can be any prayer, really. It’s a part of the day that is easy to gloss over and not even notice, but I hope in time you’ll find that a moment to be still and be with the Lord is a precious gift. Prayer unifies us as a school because, although we may all be praying for different things, somehow we manage every morning to offer up a few minutes together. Trust me, there are very few other times in the day where someone will ask you to sit still, close your eyes, and just relax. So take advantage of it. God is waiting for you.

Lord, it is the beginning of the school year. I always love beginnings because they remind me that, despite my perceived control on life, I actually have no idea what this year will bring. Im pretty sure I’ll go to school and practice etc. but I don’t know how I’ll change, who I’ll become. New students– you may have even less of an idea what it’s in store for you, and upperclassmen, it seems we’re always wondering about what our lives will be like beyond high school. But the reality of the situation is that we have no idea. And that can be a beautiful thing, because it makes room for faith and yearning and trust in something that we cannot fully understand. While it’s sometimes frustrating that certain parts of our lives don’t seem to make sense, it always comforts me to remember that if everything about God and life made perfect sense, God wouldn’t be God at all. He would be simply a human. Not understanding everything is a part- and a beautiful part- of the process.

And so I’d like to share with you my favorite prayer by Fr. Joseph Tetlow

Oh, Lord My God,
You Called me from the sleep of nothingness
Merely because in your tremendous love
You want to make good and beautiful beings.
You have called me by name in my mother’s womb.
You have given me breath and light and movement
And walked with me every moment of my existence.
I am amazed, Lord God of the universe
That you attend to me, and more, cherish me.
Create in me the faithfulness that moves you,
And I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.

May Seat of Wisdom
Pray for us

Another Tale of Friendship


Marist School Class of 2014!

Marist School Class of 2014!

Each May, our school newspaper (the Blue & Gold) puts out a special senior edition for its final issue of the year.  The publication normally include features on standout students, a list of where everyone is going to college, photos of the class, and more, but for this year’s edition, I decided to write a column entitled “A Tale of Friendship” – because I couldn’t sum up my senior year better than through the very topic of that article.

In it, I referenced Emory University President James Wagner’s address at this year’s Emory commencement.  He had particularly described the joyfulness of his Class of 2014 – and yet I realized that if I were to similarly categorize our Marist graduating class, I would immediately say that we are one of friendship.  Sure, we’ve always been very close as a group, no matter the challenges that have been thrown at us, but I could have never imagined the strong bonds that would form specifically in these last nine months.  And I could have never imagined my final year at Marist any other way.

At the end of the summer entering senior year, it seemed as though our entire class was becoming more open to the opportunities that would come its way than ever before – and that could not have been more evident than on the first day of school as we hugged and cheered and posed for pictures before our opening term assembly.  Yet the friendship continued, week by week, from the Friday night football games to the study halls to prom to the senior prank to our last day of school.

So yes, although graduation on Saturday was exciting and celebratory, it was also the end of an era – and my entire class realized that on that day, we would be formally parting with our two hundred best friends.  We will certainly see one another over the summer and at Marist reunions or sporting events in the future, but the official link of our education won’t be there anymore.  And that link was such a magical thing that made my Marist experience all the more positive.

Whenever I speak about Marist, I always bring up the community – because that is what we as a school are all about: being together in word and deed, being neighbor to anyone and everyone, being Marist.  And like many ideas, our school is hard to describe.  You can talk all you want about the spirit and the service and the courses that you could find at Marist, but it’s the feeling you get talking to the students or faculty that makes Marist stand out most.

And that’s what I’ll miss.  I’ll miss the memories and the friendships that I’ve made, but I know that I’ll always come back to Hughes Spalding Memorial Stadium and the bleeding blue and gold.  I know that I’ll always come back to Woodruff Auditorium and the beautiful costumes and musical performances.  I know that I’ll always come back to the chapel and the stained glass windows and the peaceful meditation garden.  I know that I’ll always come back to Marist.

Marist Friends

Marist Friends

an attitude of Gratitude

Morning Prayer: an attitude of Gratitude
May 23, 2014
Prayer by Mr. Brian Freel, Director of Campus Ministry

Thank God.  sigh…

Thank God it’s Friday.


Thank God, this is the last day of classes.  Graduation is tomorrow.  It’s a 3-day weekend!

We have much to be thankful for.  An attitude of gratitude should come easily to followers of Jesus.  Sometimes I flippantly say “Thank God” or even, I’m sorry to say, mockingly.  At Marist, when someone holds the door, we look at them and say “Thank you”.  If we can be intentional then, let’s be intentional in Thanking God.

Let us pray – God, help us to be grateful – help us to celebrate all the blessings we receive from You.  As the letter of James says, “Every good and perfect gift comes from you”.  Thank you, God.

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

the Faith of a Child

Morning Prayer: the Faith of a Child
May 22, 2014
Prayer by Mrs. Trisha Urrea, Modern & Classical Languages

God has made me many things.  To you all, I am a teacher or a coach, perhaps a friend.  To my family, I’m a daughter, sister, wife.  Yet to my children, I am simply mom.  But any mother knows that also means I’m a nurse, a chef, a referee, a jungle gym, and a Ghostbuster…among other things.

A while ago, my son Harrison called out for me in the middle of the night.  He was certain there was a monster hiding under his bed.   At his request, I checked for him, and just as I suspected, I didn’t find a monster.  I hugged him and talked with him to try and calm him down so we could both get back to sleep. I asked him this question: What’s bigger than that monster?  Being a question he had heard before, he knew the answer, so he took a deep breath and responded, “God.”  I reminded him that when God is in our hearts there is no reason to fear because He will always protect us.  He seemed satisfied with that answer, and soon after he fell back to sleep.

A few days later, Harrison returned the favor.  While I was preparing dinner one evening, I noticed a surprise guest crawling toward me with his 8 little legs.  Not being a fan of spiders, I let out a scream which made my children come running.  “What is it, Mommy?” they asked.  Trying not to sound too afraid, I said nothing and just pointed at the spider.  My daughter squealed and ran to the other room, but my son put his sweet hand on my arm and said, “Don’t you know what’s bigger than that spider?”  The unyielding faith of a child is a powerful thing.

Let us pray:  Almighty God, we thank You for the many blessings You have given us.  Remind us that our faith in You should be childlike and unwavering.  We ask You to be with us always to calm our fears, whether they are upcoming final exams, uninvited spiders, or monsters hiding under our beds.  Amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

A Look to the Future

Morning Prayer: A Look to the Future
May 20, 2014
Prayer by Matt ’15

With the seniors graduating, many of us are beginning to wonder where we will go in life.  We wonder what our vocation will be.  A vocation is a call from God—and it doesn’t always have to be a call to the religious life.  So this morning, we ask God to help us hear His call to us and ease our worrying about the future.

Let us pray.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone (by Thomas Merton).  Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom.

Pray for us.

A Meaningful Moment…

May 19, 2014
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M., Principal of Marist School

Good morning.  Yesterday, amid the steady rain, we added another name to the Marist campus as part of the school’s long history and the people who have helped to make it.  The soccer scoreboard now designates the long and graceful field in front of it as Stadler Field in honor of Mr. Stadler and his 39 years of coaching soccer at Marist.

I say “added a name” because you are aware that there are plenty of other names on campus—Esmond Brady, Father Colin, Kuhrt, Wooldridge, Laird, Father Brennan, Father Hartnett, Dean Hargis, and so on.  These names are not quite around every bend, but, if you look close, you’ll count a lot of them in the halls and on our fields.  A place that forgets where it came from is like a ship at sea without direction or even without power.

Yesterday we also blessed the new Ivy Street Center.  While that’s not a person’s name, it represents the heritage of 61 years that Marist spent in downtown Atlanta, which is now almost the first half of our Marist story in Atlanta.  For the many people who grew up there and came to own their talents there, the name Ivy Street is as meaningful and as alive as the word “Marist” on your car window or your t-shirt.  We want to remember all those who laid the groundwork for what we have today, what we enjoy and maybe even take for granted.

Let us pray.

O God, we are grateful for the chance to learn, to make friends, to grow up in countless ways, and especially to ponder your goodness and your works in this place called Marist School.  We give thanks today for all of those who have gone before us, and we think particularly of those teachers who will be leaving Marist at the end of this year, who have served as mentors and examples as well as instructors in their subjects.  Bless these living exemplars of faith and fortitude, and, for the many who have died but who were much alive here, we give you thanks and we pray that they will be one with you and have their reward for the lessons in virtue and in knowledge that they imparted.  For our faithful benefactors, too, we pray—grant them fulfillment in this life and everlasting peace in the next.  In your name, O Holy God, we pray.  Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.