Simply be Kind

Morning Prayer:
October 25, 2016
Prayer by Thomas ’17

According to Google, kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Something so simple can seem hard at times especially when we aren’t in the mood. The best thing we can do in those time is to pray on it.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this day. Thank you for waking us up this morning, ready to take on the obstacles we may face. As we partake in kindness week, please help us to simply be kind. As we enter mix-it-up day, grant that we may have open hearts, and welcoming spirits. Guide us in that we may be able to treat everyone the same way you treated your disciples. Help us to remember we do it for your honor and glory.

Amen

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for us.

Kindness as a Lifestyle

Morning Prayer:
October 24, 2016
Prayer by Fr. John Harhager, S.M., President of Marist School

This week is Kindness Week. It strikes me as a little odd that we need such a thing. I’m hoping the idea is not that kindness only takes place one week a year. Perhaps the week is to raise doubts about all the excuses I make for not being kind.

You know, like “I’m having a bad day.” I’m not too sure why if my day is not going well, I should make your day miserable. Or, we say “she started the argument” or “he insulted me first”. Or, “he cut me off during rush-hour traffic.” Or, “they are not nice to me.” And so, we return the unkind act with an equally or greater unkind act.

We could, however, do the opposite. We could simply be kind – no matter what the circumstance.

Earlier this month we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis. He gives us the perfect prayer for this week of kindness.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Mary, seat of wisdom… pray for us.

Getting ready for Cape Day!

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Our toddler class is wearing their capes preparing for tomorrow’s CHOA Cape Day and reminding students to bring in Play-Dough.

Ella Young Play-Dough Drive
CHOA Cape Day, Friday, October 21, 2016

Who is Ella?
Ella is the 6-year-old daughter of Patrick Young, a member of our Marist Staff.

Why Ella?
Ella has leukemia and was in the ELC (Early Learning Center) program two years ago. She is in remission now, and her spirit is strong. She has a treatment plan that would take her through a 2 ½ battle that she intends to win. While she, and all the other children with cancer, are in treatment at Children`s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), they need something to occupy their minds.

Why Play-Dough?
Children love play-dough. They squeeze it, poke it, squash it, pick it up and pat it down. It helps to develop small and large muscle development and improves fine motor. It helps to relieve stress. It`s calming.

Why Cape Day?
It`s an annual tradition at CHOA that honors and celebrates the “Superhero” patients battling illnesses. Although scary, these “Superhero” children fight near impossible obstacles. When they wear a Cape, nothing is out of reach. Cape Day is a special day that unites us all as sidekicks for the “Superhero” patients.

Why this message?
The children in the ELC are decorating their Capes to wear on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st. The ELC is asking for DONATIONS of PLAY-DOUGH which will be given to CHOA as their service project. The children will be in the arcade before school collecting donations of PLAY-DOUGH. They will accept any size, any color, even the kits.

This is NOT a non- uniform day, but would you be a “sidekick” for the children and bring them Play-Dough?

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How does this all fit together?

Morning Prayer:
October 19, 2016
Prayer by Mr. Brian Freel, Campus Ministry

How does all of this fit together?

Our schedule is all mixed up this week.  Right now, each grade is ready to take different tests, sitting in different classrooms.  How do these tests connect with our classes?

It helps every now and then to step back and take the long view and realize we are part of something bigger, and that somehow “God brings all things together for the good of those who love Him.”

Last week we learned about the tragedy of Human Trafficking and what we could do to end it.  This week we have prayed about respecting all people, born or unborn, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, old or young.  How does all of this fit together?  It is one seamless garment of respecting all people because we are all made in the image of God.  God is the creator, mysteriously bringing it all together.  Let us pray.

God, sometimes I feel like I’m just a piece in a big puzzle.  Help me to trust that You know how all of this fits together.  Help me to find my place, knowing that I am made in your image and for a purpose to do good.  And help me to see you in all people, remembering that you created us all to live and love together, like Jesus.  In His name we pray.  Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Little Shop of Horros

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Fine Arts

Marist Theater Presents…

Little Shop of Horrors

October 20 & 22

Book by Howard Ashman Music and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken

Seymour Krelborn is a loser: stuck in a dead-end job at a Skid Row florist, in love with a co-worker who isn’t available to him, and destined for a life of missed opportunities. His luck changes, however, with the arrival of strange and interesting new plant that offers Seymour a chance to make his dreams come true…but at an outrageous price. Created by the team that brought us Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors is a celebration of all the fun, silliness, and delicious terror of a 1950’s sci-fi horror flick!

Marist School will present this one-act version of the show to our audience on campus, and then take it to the Region One Act Play Competition at North Hall High School on October 22.

Tickets on sale: Monday, October 10 in the Campus Store.
Performances: Thursday, October 20 and Saturday, October at 7:30 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium
Audience: Appropriate for all ages. As a courtesy to other audience members, please do not bring children under the age of 4.

to the Glory of God

Morning Prayer:
September 29, 2016
Prayer by Mary Catherine ’17

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions, doing our daily activities merely because that’s what we did yesterday.  Really, do you think about setting your alarm each night or fixing breakfast in the morning or studying for your math test?

Yes, our routines are great, but how would your daily life be impacted if you truly did all with the intention of praising God?  Would you act a little differently in the lunch line?  Would you choose to smile and say “hi” to the person you sort of know in the hallway?  Would you be a little less stressed going into that math test, knowing that you did your best to glorify God through your preparation?

Dear Lord,

Please help us to glorify you with all the small, trivial things we do each day.  Help us to remember that living in a Christ-like way does not require some colossal change in our lives, but rather just a small change in our intentions and perception of the things around us.

Amen.

Mary Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Autumn

Morning Prayer:
September 26, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, SM, Principal

Good morning.  We’re halfway through the first term and halfway through the fall sports seasons.  Most of us are ready to see some genuine fall weather.  We’re officially in fall now, but this week should see us finally drop to the 80’s from the 90’s.  It’s a start.

Some of us feel like we’re moving from the heat of summer, as far as our lives go, and into autumn.  Autumn is the season in literature that symbolizes aging, moving on to the latter stages in life, maybe using all that you’ve learned along the way to aid those who are in the springtime of life, young people.  People like me have the autumn of life written all over us; you can see that we have left youth behind.  Life is richest when people in every season of life are mingling and working together to share what they know and use their skills to assist others.  Those of you who are seniors and juniors are in a different season even from the Foundations students and you use your seniority to assist the new students, just as you are definitely in a different season from those truly young people in the Early Learning Center.  This is the way a school, or any organization, flourishes: it uses the contributions of each age group to form a healthy, breathing organism that is fully alive.

The following is a short poem by Amy Lowell entitled “Autumn”:

All day I have watched the purple vine leaves
Fall into the water.
And now in the moonlight they still fall,
But each leaf is fringed with silver.

Let us pray.

O God, we bring you all that we are, always incomplete and always in need of your fulfillment, your grace.  Help us to see the silver, to see the blessing in whatever passes in front of us today, so that we might give you the praise that is due for your wonder, your magnificence, for your springtimes that become autumns and for all the days in between.  May we love you more dearly for the love of the passing of each day and the bounty that it brings.  Make us mindful of those whose days are not long and of those whose days are filled with challenge and suffering.  In all that, we praise your gracious presence, especially in the form of Jesus, your Son, who is our Lord, this day and forever.  Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom. Pray for Us.

Marist’s Peace Pole Dedication

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Below is an excerpt from our Peace Pole Dedication this morning:

“Good morning and welcome to our Dedication of the Peace Pole. Some of you will remember that we blessed the Peace Pole at our Family Mass last Sunday. We now will plant and dedicate it here in Alumni Plaza for all to see.
Sponsoring our Dedication are members from Marist Peace by Piece, Mosaic and Model UN, and other students from our Marist Community.

A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on each of its sides. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace. Today, we take time to plant this peace pole on the Marist School Campus, remembering the tragedies of September 11, 2001, affirming the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st, and relying on the spirit of Jesus, the Prince of Peace to give us strength to build a world of justice.

The vision for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was born when a small group of family members of those killed on 9/11 became connected after reading each other’s’ pleas for nonviolent and reasoned responses to the terrorist attacks. Our name comes from a statement made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

David Potorti is co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. His brother, Jim Potorti, died at the World Trade Center. For the 10th Anniversary, he wrote:
“the lesson of 9/11 might be that we live in a connected world. That we have a shared destiny, even with those we fear or hate. That we rise or fall together, the rich, the poor, those with everything to live for and those with nothing left to lose. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

On this…. anniversary of September 11th, let us honor those we lost by recognizing our kinship with people all over the world whose faces mirror those of our mothers, our fathers and our children. Let us recover the sense of unity we experienced in the days after 9/11. And let us remember and return to the uniquely American values and principles that will guarantee peaceful tomorrows for everyone.”

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