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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I’d rather be the one who smiled, than the one who didn’t smile back.

Morning Prayer:
August 22, 2017
Prayer by Emma Grace ’21

Good morning Marist. I hope your summer was fulfilling and memorable.  As I was thinking about this message that I want to share with you, I came across an intriguing article.

The New York Times interviewed a man named Walt Bettinger in early 2016. Bettinger is the President and chief executive officer at Charles Schwab, an investment service company.  The interviewer asked, “What are the Lessons that you learned in college?’

Bettinger responded,

“A business strategy course in my senior year stands out. I had maintained a 4.0 average all the way through, and I wanted to graduate with a perfect average. It came down to the final exam, and I had spent many hours studying and memorizing formulas to do calculations for the case studies.

The teacher handed out the final exam, and it was on one piece of paper, which really surprised me because I figured it would be longer than that. Once everyone had their paper, he said, “Go ahead and turn it over.” Both sides were blank.

And the professor said, “I’ve taught you everything I can teach you about business in the last 10 weeks, but the most important message, the most important question, is this: What’s the name of the lady who cleans this building?”

And that had a powerful impact. It was the only test I ever failed, and I got the B I deserved. Her name was Dottie, and I didn’t know Dottie. I’d seen her, but I’d never taken the time to ask her name. I’ve tried to know every Dottie I’ve worked with ever since.”

Now Marist, I believe the meaning of a story is predominately divined from one’s own interpretation. Therefore, I will not tell you what I think this story means, how it relates to my life or how I think it may relate to yours. After all, who wants to listen to a girl with a faceless voice, tell them what to think or how to live. With that in mind, in my last few words, I will leave you with one of my favorite mottos.

“I’d rather be the one who smiled, than the one who didn’t smile back.”

Let us pray

Dear God,

Thank you for another day. Grant us the courage to live outside of the box and be leaders in whatever ways we can. With full hearts and clear minds, let us begin the day with you, and a smile.

In your name we pray, Amen.

Mary seat of wisdom pray for us.

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.

What is your life’s blueprint?

Morning Prayer:
April 4, 2017
Prayer by Thomas Vance ’17

Good Morning,

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Just Six months before his assassination, King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. Following is an excerpt from his speech:

“I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life’s blueprint?

Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.

…each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.

… your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness.”

As many of you know, the mission of Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ. How we do this comes in a variety of ways—religious education classes, prayer before football games, and school-wide Masses. More importantly, Marist seeks to foster a community of inclusion…one full of respect for that which may seem different from us. Events such as having the political discourse discussion in the chapel, hosting an insightful Informed Discourse Day, and engaging students in a network of clubs such as Peace by Peace, NO Place for Hate, and Mosaic are used to build a community that truly cherishes diversity. And sometimes, while it may seem that there is more diversity on a brochure than in an actual class, Marist still strives to build this communal respect. This is how they build our blueprints—Marist propels us into an environment that isn’t identical everywhere but rather different around every corner. This environment is meant to allow us to thrive and not just get by.

Let us Pray

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this new day. Thank you for all the experiences you place in our lives that work towards building our proper, solid, and sound blueprint. Grant that we may never forgot your countless blessings that you bestow upon us and help us to live more like your son, Jesus Christ. In your name we pray, Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom

Pray for us.

Stressbusters Week!

Welcome to Stressbusters Week! This week is designed specifically to help you practice fun and healthy ways to manage stress – just in time for exams! You are invited to participate in the following events:

• TODAY! Activity Period: Big Kids Playtime – Sandbox, Play Doh, Coloring, Board Games, Music, and Raffle Prizes. Come relax and play like a kid! (Bubble)
• Monday, Feb. 27: Play mini-putt-putt golf, oversized Jenga, and Silly Photo Booth (Arcade; All lunch periods)
• Tuesday, Feb. 28: Stop by the Counseling office for a pre-exam goody bag of stressbusters tips and giveaway treats! First come, first served to the first 500 students.
• Tuesday, Feb. 28: Three Canine Assistants therapy dogs available for playing and petting during extended tutorial (2:30-4pm, Ivy Street Lobby)

We hope you enjoy this week leading up to exams, and wish you all the best in your preparations. We counselors are always here to help you strategize fun and healthy ways to relieve stress – stop by anytime!

Stress be gone!
The Personal and Academic Counselors