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.