St. Joseph the Worker

Morning Prayer:
April 28, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M., Principal

Good morning. You have probably seen an elderly priest walking with a cane on the property. He is Father Tom Ellerman, and he’s an alumnus of Marist, Class of 1958. Yesterday, May 1, was his birthday, so if you see him today, you can offer birthday greetings. May 1st, is also the day that the Catholic Church honors workers of the world by celebrating the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. All of us work, but this is a special remembrance of the people who do ordinary jobs and make the world go around—tailors and housekeepers and bus drivers and home builders and dog groomers and manicurists and highway workers, folks who don’t necessarily have college degrees but who work as hard as or harder than those who do. Most of us have relatives who are workers like this, and all of us depend every day on these workers.

Marist is in the business of preparing people for college, but we’re also in the business of reminding each other from time to time that a person’s worth in the eyes of God and fellow women and men does not depend on college. We affirm the basic value of all life and remain thankful for the assistance of those at Marist School, in our homes, in our stores, and elsewhere who spend their days working in order to live a life of dignity and promise. I thank those of you who assist in the Centro GED Program and in your service projects, reaching out to the people who have not been as blessed as we have been with education. We appreciate their help, and we want to help others to attain an education that can lift their prospects for the future.

Here is a poem, a sonnet, in the form of a prayer. It’s based on the “Working Man’s Prayer” by Billye Phillips Beck:

Dear Lord, excuse my beat-up boots, my Wranglers, and my cap.
I’m praying on my way to work; I’m just a working chap.
I didn’t go to college, I’m only a common man.
You, too, were a carpenter, Lord, so I know you understand.
My hands are calloused, my voice is tired, my clothes are not first-rate.
Will you be checking labels, Lord, when I enter Heaven’s gate?
My truck is old, and people laugh from their shiny cars and vans.
Did they also laugh at you, my Lord, as you walked your native land?
Please help me not to worry, Lord, about my lack of worldly gain.
I’ll be as rich as all the rest when I reach Heaven’s plain.
I’ll trade my jeans and dusty boots for wings and a robe of white.
I’ll leave my cap and put on a crown, Oh, what a blessed sight!
Work time is almost here, but I’ve still got time to pray,
Just help me, Lord, to be content with what I have today.

And that is our prayer: help us to be content with what God has given us to do today and to be mindful of all others who allow us to carry on in our work and our lives. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom.

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band

sherlock play bill

This “play with music” is an adaptation of the classic story, created specifically for Marist students, with original music by our very own Band Director, Mark Craddock!  The project is a collaboration with Serenbe Playhouse, and our young actors have had the pleasure of working in new and interesting ways with these wonderful artists. 

Details:

WHEN:                  Thursday – Saturday, May 5 – 7, at 7:30 PM (should run about 80  minutes)

WHERE:                Woodruff Auditorium

St. Peter Chanel, S.M.

Morning Prayer:
April 28, 2016
Prayer by Ms. Perrin Rains, English Department

Good morning!

As you will recall, this time last week, we were celebrating St. Peter Chanel Day. We talked a lot about his incredible bravery and sacrifice. And Archbishop Gregory preached beautifully about success and used Peter Chanel as an example. Then, we put on our sunscreen and listened to music and played dodgeball. It was a fun day.

But, the real feast day of St. Peter Chanel is today, April the 28th, because it was 175 years ago today that he was martyred for his work on the island of Futuna, and I want to celebrate him and his courage again, but in a different way.

Before the dramatic part of his life that we all know, that harrowing ocean voyage, the isolation, and his difficult work in the mission field, Peter Chanel did something else that was extraordinarily brave. You see, he started his career as a parish priest. He was already living a very good life – a life of generosity and true service to his community. But, his heart wasn’t in it. And here’s the remarkable and brave part: he listened to his heart. He gave up parish ministry and joined the Society of Mary. He walked away from what other’s expected of him. He walked away from a life that, even though was very good, was not right. And that takes incredible courage.

So, I want to ask you to join me in celebrating St. Peter Chanel, again, today, but this time you don’t need face paint, or barbeque, or four-square. Celebrate by listening to the small voice inside of you, and take a step toward what you already know in your heart is the right thing to do.

Let us pray.

St. Peter Chanel, you left your homeland
to proclaim Jesus, Saviour of the world,
to the peoples of Oceania.
Guided by the Spirit of God,
who is the strength of the gentle,
you bore witness to love,
even laying down your life.
Grant that, like you, we may live our daily life
in peace, in joy, and in fraternal love.
May your prayer and example
call forth from our midst
many workers for the Gospel
so that God’s Kingdom may reach
to the ends of the earth. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Change…

Morning Prayer:
April 26, 2016
Prayer by Michael Williams ’18

Change. Change is something that we all go through in our lives whether it’s a small change or something that changes your whole life. When change comes, we often worry that things won’t be as good. We have to see change as the same or better than the situation we are already in. Many people do not see change as positive, primarily because it is unfair. But the truth about change is this- life moves on whether you like it or not. Paul wrote, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace shall be yours.” (Phil. 4:6,7).

Serenity Prayer
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Let us Pray:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.

Rapidification…

Morning Prayer:
April 26, 2016
Prayer by Dr. Anne Washington Saunders, MCLD Teacher

Good morning,

To begin his encyclical Laudato si, Pope Francis seems to have introduced a new word to the world: rapidification. Rapidification describes the “intensified pace of human life and work” in our modern, technological world. Change is good and necessary for us; but constant and ever accelerating change –  rapidification – the kind of change the world is now experiencing, goes against our very nature.

As creatures, human beings are healthiest when we keep our fundamental relationships healthy: with God, with our neighbor. We know the commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength; Love your neighbor as yourself. But Laudato si urges attention to a third relationship, relationship with the earth, that is, with nature, with our fellow creatures. I had not thought of my enjoyment of creation, of Earth, as a relationship.

A frenzy to do more, more, more, faster, faster, faster, and always, of course, better and better. Can we relate to this experience at Marist School?

In stark contrast to rapidification, Pope Francis says, is the slower movement of creation, God’s creation, as opposed to the world that human beings engineer. Attention to creation slows us down, gives us physical health, and spiritual peace. Ideally, its goals are geared to the common good and sustainable.

In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus tells us,

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

So, today, try, try to take something slow. Unplug. Stare into space. Talk face to face. Walk through the garden. Lie in the grass. Enjoy Brother Sun.

Let us Pray:

SLOW US DOWN, O Lord God, our Creator,
We thank you for the beauty of this earth, our campus and garden, creek and woods, and for all who take care of these gifts from you.
We thank you for our sharp eyes and ears and our ability to smell and taste and touch the many good things you have created.
Thank you for good weather and sunshine.
Thank you for the animals in our care, our friends, and families.
Help us to slow down and to be mindful.
Allow us to give generously to those in need.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.

 

The Bees Are Here!

bee

The bees are here! Marist now has its first ever colony of honey bees located cross creek somewhat near the sand volleyball court where the sheep were last year.  Below is a picture of what the actual hive looks like.  We are getting this colony for our community because the population of honey bees has been rapidly decreasing due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use and disease.  Bees are a huge part of our everyday lives as they are responsible for pollinating more than 80% of the food we eat.  Something you might find interesting is that the only bees you likely see are female because they make up the majority of “worker bees” that collect nectar for their hive.  In order to create just 1 teaspoon of honey, it takes about 12 worker bees their whole lives (6 weeks) to make.  Next time you are eating an apple or enjoying a cup of tea with some honey, remember the bees and how vital they are to our environment.  If you would like to help this issue, think about planting some lavender or bluebells in your yard…the bees love them!

If you are concerned about having honey bees on campus, please know that they are extremely gentle creatures who won’t bother you as long as you don’t bother them.  It has been explained to me that “honey bees are to cows as yellow jackets and wasps are to wolves.”  Informational signs about honey bees will be going up around campus next week to inform the student body more about the bees and the hive.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Hopefully you will be able to have a taste of Marist-grown honey in the near future!

Bee Hive

Bee Hive

Junior Classical League State Convention

jcl photo

GEORGIA Junior Classical League 2016 Results

Congratulations to the Marist Latin team who competed over the weekend at the 2016 Georgia Junior Classical League State Convention, which attracted nearly 1000 delegates from 44 schools. Marist competed in the large delegation division in the areas of ACADEMICS, CREATIVE ARTS, and GRAPHIC ARTS.

For the first time since the founding of Rome in 753 B.C., Marist School won first place in both Sweepstakes: total points and points per delegate. In addition, Marist Latin students were one point shy of first place in the SPIRIT CONTEST.

Full results will be posted as Marist JCL celebrates National Latin Week and Georgia Classics Week.

Fourviere Week at Marist

Morning Prayer:
April 12, 2016
Prayer by Connor ’16 and Ryan ’16

We enjoyed a beautiful day off yesterday in honor of the inspirational founding of the Society of Mary and its Fourviere Pledge. As Father Harhager, S.M. said during our Friday morning prayer, the Fourviere pledge was shared for all of us future Marists-in-the-making 200 years ago, in 1816. It is the inspirational starting point for the Society of Mary, the Marists, in the world — much like the Declaration of Independence was an inspirational starting point for our country 240 years ago.

Fourviere is the location of the chapel on the hill within the French city of Lyons. This is where the Pledge was made. This week, Marists celebrate this Pledge around the world, in missions, parishes and schools like ours. The entire week calls us to remember the courageous Marists back then — those Marists we know and love today — and those Marists we pray are to come…

In each of our morning prayers this week, the Marist Way class will share with you a sentence from the Fourviere pledge and a prayer with it. Here is the beginning line —
“We, the undersigned, striving to work together for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, Mother of the Lord Jesus, assert and declare our sincere intention and firm will of consecrating ourselves at the first opportunity to founding the pious congregation of Mary-ists.”

PRAYER

In light of this statement…Let us pray.

God of love, you call out to all of us here…at this mission school within the Society of Mary, in Atlanta, Georgia. Give us – the student body, faculty and staff of Marist School – the courage and sincere intention, every day, to give greater glory to God. AND, as long as we are associated with the Society of Mary, strengthen our commitment to support and sustain its “Spirit of Mary” in the world — and especially here at this school on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom…

Embracing our Diversity

Morning Prayer:
April 7, 2016
Prayer by Dexter ’19

Dear God,

Thank you for allowing us to see another beautiful day at Marist. As we go through this day help us to see that even though we are all essentially from all across the world, God loves each and every one of us. Help us to not shy away from diversity, but instead embrace our diversity because a diverse community leads to a deeper relationship with God.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray For Us.

Praying for Wholeness during Holy Week

Morning Prayer:
March 21, 2016
Prayer by Fr. John Harhager, S.M., President

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and with it we began that very special week in the Church’s calendar which is called Holy Week.

The word “holy” means being sacred or being close to the divine. It comes from an old English word which is derived from a German word which means: wholly (spelled W H O L L Y). This word means to become whole or complete. And so this Holy Week is a time for us to become whole.

This would suggest that we may not be whole or complete. And that reminds me of another word, “holey” (spelled H O L E Y) which means having holes or gaps or openings. It is the opposite of being “whole.” Shirts are said to be holey, if they have many holes in them. We are not shirts but we too can have holes in us: spaces of emptiness, pockets of darkness, little places of loneliness, sinful spots… anything within us which makes us feel less than whole, incomplete, unsatisfied, resistant to wholeness.

Holy Week then is that very special week at the end of Lent when we work extra hard at filling the holes in our lives with God so that we are made whole and become God’s Holy People.

And we are not alone in needing to be made whole. Pope Francis tells us all of creation strives for wholeness. And in Laudato Si, he gives us a prayer which fits perfectly with this Holy Week.

So, let us pray an abbreviated version of that prayer. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All-powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us/in us each day.

Mary, seat of wisdom…. pray for us.