We cannot give what we do not have!

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of a loving god.

As children we are told to treat others how we want to be treated. We go out of our way to be kind, respectful and courteous. To make sure others are being cared for and heard. Now, it is a beautiful thing – to be selfless – to put others before oneself. But, we cannot give what we do not have. There comes a time in life where we have to realize that it is a necessity to become self-regulating, in control over our own decisions. Everyone needs to be aware of their own well being in mind, body and spirit. We need to have the courage to face our own adversities before we can help others do the same. We first have to acknowledge, reflect and process the obstacles that stand in our way. 

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For years, I isolated myself, allowed myself to suffer in silence in an attempt to hide from those around me. I was too afraid or embarrassed to admit that I was not okay, too embarrassed to acknowledge how everyday my chest felt so heavy. It was as if I was planted to the floor – my mind so clouded, – as if there was a thunderstorm raging in my head. I wanted so badly to be okay. I wanted so badly to be there for my friends, family and, most especially, my little sister. 

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But I couldn’t be – because I was not there for myself. I cannot heal others without first healing me. And so goes the same for us all. I encourage us all to work towards nurturing and growing a healthier relationship with our own mental well being. We must establish habits to achieve and maintain a sense of mental wellness and stability. For myself, I take up writing and listening. I write daily reflections and tasks lists. Everyone may have or will have their own practice.The main goal is that it is healthy, beneficial and positive. 

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Let us pray, God grant us the ability to treat our own selves, as well as others, how we feel we should and deserve to be treated. God grant us the ability to see past our own faults, and to reflect on our past, our present and our future. Grant us the ability to grow into healthier, happier people as we continue this life. Guide us towards achieving  a sense of mental wellness and stability. Amen. 

St. John Baptist De La Salle – Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever

Mackenna Brito – Morning Prayer January 22, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week

Help Us To Be Like Your Son Jesus

Good morning La Salle,

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.

I heard a quote on a commercial I saw over break and I think it is a fitting description of greatness. It was in the context of Google’s Year in Search for heroes in 2019. The quote reads, “for those using their powers to empower others, search on…” I recommend watching the video on youtube if you have not yet seen it. Toward the end of break, like many of us, I found myself watching the end of the Patriots season last Saturday night. While it is not the end we had hoped for, and certainly have not one we have been used to, I think we have been blessed for the past 20 years to witness greatness in the form of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. At least those of us who are Patriots fans.

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While the future seems uncertain for Patriots nation, I think the turn of a new year and a new decade is a good time to reflect on what true greatness is. After all, that’s what we are called to be, great. I think the most inspiring athletes and people are those who use their powers to empower or elevate others. While this may come easier to some of us on the field or on the court, on the ice, in the classroom, on the stage, in the soup kitchen or at home, we all have unique gifts and talents that we have been given to inspire and uplift those around us. Let us aim to use our powers this year to do just that.

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Let us pray,

Heavenly Father, bless us this new year with the humility and a renewed willingness to use our gifts to serve the people you have put in our lives. You remind us that greatness in heaven is reserved for those who use the gifts you have given us to serve the least of us. Help us to be like your son Jesus by making it our mission to serve.

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Saint John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Morning Prayer January 7, 2020:  Anthony Russo, Religion Teacher

What is the Meaning of Christmas?

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God

There is something intangibly magical for a kid at Christmas. Everyone knows what it feels
like to be a kid on Christmas Eve, searching the starry winter sky for a flying sleigh and tossing
and turning all night in anticipation for the morning. I remember it so clearly, seeing the bites out of
the cookies we left out for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, and feeling the world fill with magic.

As I got older, obviously the Christmas experience changed from those nights dreaming of
Santa. Still, even though I’ve grown, every time Christmas comes around the magic I felt as a kid
never fails to raise my spirits. The only difference is that my magic of Christmas, like me, has
grown. As a child I always got caught up in the idea of gifts and elves and Santa, but the older I
got the more magic I found in the giving . This year especially, as I have taken over most of the gift
giving for my mom, I have found so much joy in putting in time and effort to make her Christmas a
little more special. This season always seems to make people give a little extra, whether that be
their time, kindness, service, or even an extra present.

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No matter what it is, it seems that Christmas
magic is always there to lift people up and bring them together. That being said, I think that for me,
Christmas is all about the magic. No, I don’t mean the magic from when I was a little kid, though
that was great while it lasted. I am talking about the magic of giving, when people go out of their
way to give a little back or to appreciate all that they have. That’s what I think is the real meaning
of Christmas. So, make sure that this season, among the gifts and the hecticness of it all, you take a
moment to take a breath and a step back to recognize where the spirit, the real spirit of Christmas
comes from. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and Happy Birthday Jesus!!
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St. John Baptist de La Salle …Pray for us!!

Live Jesus in our Hearts …Forever!

Morning Prayer Wednesday, December 18, 2019:  Marina Rouse, Class of 2020