The True Meaning of Family

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

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traits, and heritage. We learn to love this group of people unconditionally. This concept teaches us from a young age how to be part of a basic community, a lesson we use for the rest of our lives. 

 

From the time I was really little, my parents, especially my dad, emphasized the importance of family. Every Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, and even birthdays and smaller holidays were always spent together, complete with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It reminded my siblings and I that we always had people in our lives that would love and care for us unconditionally. Christmas Eve, in particular, is always very special for us. In classic Italian spirit, my dad and I always prepare the 7 different kinds of fish for everyone, similar to the way he and his dad did when he was my age. Italian Family Diagram | QuizletSome other annual Christmas Eve traditions for us include exchanging gifts, Skyping relatives stationed overseas, traditional questions about how my “marks in school are”, and a lot of eating. When my grandfather passed away in July, I recognized the only downfall to having a close knit family: loss hits that much harder. But this is where the value of family shines through. It reinforces your faith in the fact that, together, you can get through anything. 

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Almost 4 years ago, I joined a new family, the Lasallian family. Being a part of this family is a big responsibility. What we do and say reflects not only on just ourselves, but on our community, and what that community stands for. When I stepped onto campus in uniform for the first time in August 2017, I knew for certain that I had just joined an incredibly special and unique family. Over the past 4 years, teachers, friends, and club moderators have taught me what it means to be Lasallian both inside but more importantly outside of the classroom. Whether that be volunteering at Open House, getting your friend through a tough situation, or even packing a bag and spending a week in Montana, every experience here has taught me the true meaning of family. 

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Let us pray. Lord God, remind us to be ever-aware of Your presence in the different families we are a part of. May we never lose sight of the fact that each day You give us is a blessing, and that somebody will always love us unconditionally. Help us to constantly maintain our faith in You and to remember that, a community, united as one, can get through anything. 

St. John Baptiste de La Salle

Pray for us. 

Live Jesus, in our hearts, 

Forever. 

Neal D’Attelo, Class of 2021, Morning Prayer, October 20, 2020

We Ask, We Seek, We Knock, We Pray!

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Last night, just as I was about to sit and write this prayer, my lights flickered, then the wifi went down, and like many of you, we lost power.  “Just perfect,” I thought.

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2020 has been a monster of a year.  It has taken so much.  Recently, I asked some students what they missed most from our pre-pandemic days.  This is what they told me, in no particular order: 

  • Going to the movies
  • Being all together
  • hugs
  • Playing a regular sports season
  • Seeing my grandparents
  • Being able to eat our food in Dunkin
  • Seeing someone’s smile
  • Huddling around one lunch table in the cafeteria

Our nation and our world are in need of healing and of peace.  Over 200,000 people have lost their lives in this pandemic.  We cry out for racial justice for our brothers and sisters of color, and our very planet is on fire, global warming threatening our very existence. 

I’m not sure what the lessons of this year will be. But as I sit here writing by the flashlight of my phone, prayer seems like a good place to start.  In today’s Gospel, we are told, “Ask and you will receive, Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.” 

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And so, as a people of faith, we do what we do when we don’t know what else to do.  We ask, we seek, we knock, we pray.

God, our Father, Our Mother, Our Friend

Our source of all comfort.

Bring Healing to our world and to our friends,

To those who are ill and who are hurting

Surround them with your love

In these days that test our limits and try our patience,

May we grant each other charity, an extra measure of grace, a little more slack.

We know that, even as we are humbled and sad, we will laugh and rejoice again.

Take good care of us Oh Lord, so that we can take good care of one another.

 

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Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever!

Morning Prayer:  Thursday October 8 – Mrs. Christine Estes, Lasallian Animator

 

Afternoon Reflection:

 

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God:

Who or what in your life needs God’s peace and healing? In what circumstances today were you able to grant another charity, patience, or grace?  How can you take better care of those around you? 

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Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever!

Let Us Be Each Other’s Caretakers!

Good Morning La Salle and DLS. Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God:

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in our lives. There is little good that has come out of the trauma we have all experienced, but there might be something positive in our future to look forward to, and that is this: The world is going to start over again and we have the opportunity to make it a better place. We need a more balanced, humane system. We need a more honorable government. We need people to come first. We don’t get to that place without a crushing transformation. We need to know how to awaken that power in ourselves. As overwhelming as it is for each person, it will be in this experience that we discover how truly empowered we are as individuals and as children of God. When we look at what’s happening, one way to approach it is that we are somehow going to have to navigate through it. We don’t have a choice. We were dealt some pretty awful cards, but everything that we are facing requires all of us to transform something in ourselves, to see the world differently, to approach the world differently.

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It is a challenge – make no mistake about it. Especially as we see the world on fire – whether it’s on the streets or in the forests. We cannot avoid the messages around us anymore… It’s pretty clear that we are intimately connected to each other, and that we are each other’s caretakers. 

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As Scripture tells us, “Do we not all have one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously – a man against his brother- defiling the covenant of our fathers?” We are in this fight together, and we will need each other’s help to catch us when we stumble, to hold out a hand when we need assistance, to offer up a kind word when we are feeling low. 

Last week, I was walking to my mailbox to see if I had any mail, and as I made my way from the MAC to the main building, I could hear other teachers in their classrooms, headphones in their ears, speaking loudly so everyone could hear them over the fans, both in the classroom and at home, and I heard the voices of students through the computer speakers trying to stay included in the class discussion. Instead of being sad at the circumstances we find ourselves in, I almost had to laugh, because this all seems so fitting. Here we are, a group of imperfect teachers and students alike, and yet we are making it work. We are being each other’s caretakers and making sure we have what it takes to get the job done. There is NOTHING more Lasallian than that. And we are in the best place possible to succeed. I actually have no doubt that we are going to make this year not just a tolerable year, or a year with an asterisk attached to it, but a year that will be successful, that we will come out of smarter, better, kinder, and holier. 

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Let us pray… Dear God, you don’t send us trials in our lives to punish us, but rather you allow us to learn from those hurdles that we have to overcome, those crosses we have to bear. Let us always remember that we need only to look at the example your Son set for us by carrying His Cross, which was all of our Crosses. Let us be each other’s caretakers and be grateful for our community here at 612 Academy Avenue. 

Saint John Baptist de La Salle… Pray for us. 

Live Jesus in our hearts… Forever!

 

Morning Prayer:  Thursday, October 1, 2020

Joseph DeLeo – Physical Education/Dance Instructor

 

AFTERNOON REFLECTION:

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

How was I a caretaker to my peers today? 

In what ways did I contribute positively to our community? 

When I stumbled, who was there to catch me?

Let us pray… Dear God, thank you for the gift of the Lasallian community in our lives, and thank You for our friends, teachers, and students who inspire us everyday. Because of Your example, we are able to be better people.  

Saint John Baptist de La Salle… Pray for us. 

Live Jesus in our hearts… Forever!

We Pray for the Knowledge, Wisdom and Truth

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

Yesterday, February 10th, was my nephews birthday. He turned 6 years old.  He had an epic party, that couldn’t be beat!
Shane received fantastic presents that were heartfelt from family members that know him well.  My sister’s immediate family, eat a dinner fit for Kings on a Monday night,
sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday, and dived into a delicious cake.  Today, February 11th, marks the 2nd school day of the original “Black History Week” which is
the origin of what is now recognized by the United States Federal Government, and has been since 1970, civilly commemorated as “Black History Month.”

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The historian Carter G. Woodson called for Black History Week to fall on the 2nd full week of February in order to coincide with the birthdays of the two most important black and white
Americans to impact the lives of black people in the United States of America.  The two men he identified in 1926 were Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.  Abraham Lincoln as many of you may know was born February 12th, which is tomorrow.  We have no idea when Frederick Douglass was born… That is clear example of how dehumanizing slavery was and is.

Image result for frederick douglass childhood picturesAs a 6 year old Frederick had no birthday to be celebrated, he was self described as cold and hungry living as a slave on the eastern shore of Maryland.  Frederick Douglass believed himself to be born in the month of February in the year 1818.  As a free man he celebrated his birthday on February 14th, this Friday, which marks the start of our winter break! I’m sure he had many epic parties that couldn’t be beat.  Just like President Abraham Lincoln and my nephew Shane.

Let us pray.

This Black History month commemorated by the United States of America for its 50th year.  We pray for pray for the knowledge, wisdom and truth of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas
and most importantly Jesus Christ to run through our veins.  We pray for all the Good that comes from their lived examples and we strive to model that Good in the world we build in the future.

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Live Jesus in Our Hearts… Forever

February 11, 2020 Morning Prayer: Mark Carty (Teacher)

We Offer Our Prayers, Our Praise, and Our Supplication

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Good Morning La Salle and De La Salle. Saturday, February 1st, marked the beginning of Black History Month. 

Here at La Salle Academy we will be remembering and honoring the black people that have paved the road for the society in which we live in today. Those brave men and women that have stood up to adversity despite all odds being against them. Black History Month is more than a focus on Blacks in America. It is an introspective moment set aside to understand basic human empathy and a reminder of the struggles that are met in the journey to achieving universal rights for all people, regardless of their innate characteristics. We want to honor overcoming these struggles as well as the strong vibrancy of a people whose achievements have contributed to help build this society. 

Langston Hughes is one of those people who stood up to adversity… He is an American poet, playwright, columnist, social activist and novelist. These are his words entitled “I Too”.

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat

And I eat well,

And grow strong.

So that Tomorrow,

I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”

Then.

Besides,

They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

 

Let Us Pray

Dear God,

We bring ourselves into your presence. To you, we offer our prayers, our praise, and our supplications. This month, we celebrate Black History Month and honor the culture of our brothers and sisters. We remember the legacy of those who came before us who not only paved the way but carried the bricks on broken backs that then built that road. We remember the songs, stories, and fiery hope of old men and little girls, granny midwives and marvelous musicians, great orators and leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. God, help us to value diversity beyond variety. Help us remember that Black History is a part of American History. Help us value diversity with a vision for a progressive future that acknowledges our strength together as well as the power, creativity, ideas, and part that we all bring when we are all welcome to come to the table and taste and see that the Lord is good.

 

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Live Jesus in Our Hearts — Forever!

Padre Shabani – student, morning prayer February 3, 2020

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. 

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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

Slow Me Down Lord!

Let Us Remember….

That we are in the Holy Presence of God.

Earlier this September I was watching Serena Williams play a match at the US Open. During an on-court interview after a win, when asked (and I’m paraphrasing here) about how she manages her tennis, fashion business, and motherhood, she answered with a quote written by another tennis great, Billie Jean King. She said “pressure is a privilege”. For Serena the pressure of center court, and the expectations on her to win is not something she takes lightly, in fact she considers it an honor, but it is also something she does not allow to defeat her. 

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Now let’s be clear, I am no Serena Williams. If you know me you no I am no athlete and if you’ve seen me you know that my wardrobe, full of hide the fat cardigans, is no match for Serena’s style and individualism. But like Serena I consider my life a privilege. 

Look, pressure or stress or anxiety, or whatever you want to call it is a constant in our lives. We will never be without it. It makes us supremely uncomfortable, causes heart palpitations, sweating, hyperventilation, tears, and a number of other physiological responses from our nervous system. We have been taught from a young age that pressure is a terrible thing. But instead of being taught how to cope we have somehow gotten the message that in order to be happy, there should be sunshine and rainbows. Always. If not we are doing something wrong. 

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Let’s consider the pressure we are under…

Are you the first in your family to be on a college track? 

Are the expectations high to be successful like your mother, father, sibling, etc?

Do you have to perform well at school and work a full time job because your income contributes to tuition and rent and food for your family?

Are you close with someone suffering from drug/alcohol/mental health issues? 

Do you have a mental health issue of your own? 

A learning disability? 

Relationship problems? 

Or are you simply a procrastinator, disorganized? 

How about all of the above? 

How can we stop focusing on our weaknesses, which stress us out, and focus on what we are good at? Is it as simple as saying I’m privileged to be here in this life, right now? With all the pressure that comes with it? I believe it takes owning our weaknesses but not letting them blind us to what we get right. It takes moving our weaknesses to the side or behind us. Don’t let them lead the way. Easier said than done, I know, but an honor and a privilege to even have the opportunity to try when so many others do not. 

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As we begin our testing, I’ll leave you with a final Serena quote: I just come out and do what I can.

Do what you can, try your best. It’s all that we can ask of ourselves. 

Let us pray:

Slow me down, Lord!                                                      

Ease the pounding of my heart

By the quieting of my mind.

Steady my harried pace

With a vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me,

Amidst the confusions of my day,

The calmness of the everlasting hills.

Break the tensions of my nerves

With the soothing music 

Of the singing streams

That live in my memory.

Remind me each day

That the race is not always won by the swift;

That there is more to life 

Than increasing its speed.

Slow me down, Lord,

And inspire me to send my roots deep

Into the soil of life’s enduring values

That I may grow toward the stars

Of our greater destiny.

Amen

 

St. John Baptist de La Salle. 

Pray for us…

Live Jesus in our hearts

Forever…

Morning Prayer October 16, 2019 – Kristine Chapman, Social Studies Teacher

Advent and the Three Kings

Good Morning.  Let us remember we are in the holy presence of a God who loves us.

As Christmas approaches I always set up my nativity scene with the manger on one side of my living room and the Three Kings on the other side.  Each week of Advent I move the three men closer to the crèche as Christmas nears.  I have always been particularly fond of story of The Three Kings.  I mean what’s not to like, these guys roll up on their camels, blinged out in their gold chains, crowns and fur robes, carrying awesome gifts, paying for stuff straight up with gold, they are totally boss.

And while I love me some treasure, as Lasallians I call on you today to remember these men not for their riches, but as they are more appropriately referred to, as wise men.  In the Gospel of Matthew we hear that these men follow the star that was prophesied until it stopped over the place where the child was.  To achieve such a journey at the time of Jesus, these had to be men of education.  They were researchers, scribes, scientists, mathematicians, astronomers, philosophers, mapmakers, and world travelers.  These were clearly men devoted to knowledge.  But there is so much more to understanding what truly makes them wise.

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Picture it, after a journey of thousands of miles over rough terrain, these men of royal birth arrive in search of the King of Kings.  They find him not in a castle or a five star hotel, but away in a manger.  The great entourage of the Christ Child, his scared parents, away from their home in a land they did not know well, a few poor shepherds and their animals.  Was this the great King of the world, was this what had been prophesized?  The wealthy kings from the East may have easily dismissed these commoners, scoffed at their lower station, and took their gifts and head home.

But we know how the story ends.  They do not leave or even look down upon this lowly group.  No quite the opposite, they humble themselves, prostrate themselves and offer their gifts in worship to this poor infant child lying in the hay. Here in the manager, the rich and the poor, the powerful and meek, people of all different backgrounds and faith experiences come together in the love of our Lord, who is love itself.

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Matthews Gospel says that having paid homage to the child and presenting their gifts, that the Wise men were told in a dream to not return to the land of Herod, but to return home another way.  And yes another way could means a different route, but I believe there is more to it.  Having encountered Jesus, the wise men went home another way, their lives changed forever.  They give up their fortunes and gifts to the Lord.  They turn away from evil and darkness.  And live their lives another way.

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It is no coincidence that one of our most important symbols in Lasallians culture is a star, modeled after the one that led these wise men to Jesus.  Isn’t their story, our story as well?  We too are called to encounter Jesus and to stand with the poor and marginalized, this will change your life, you will learn to travel the journey of life another way, a way closer to God and in service to all your brothers and sisters of the world.  You will value education and knowledge and use that power to serve the least among us breaking cycles of poverty and injustice.   Despite our differences we come together with people unlike ourselves to give our gifts in service to the Lord and our community.  And in our service to the seemingly insignificant we are strengthened in our faith and zeal to follow in love of Jesus Christ.  Together we seek God and it is together that we find him.  Sounds pretty wise to me.

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Let us Pray,

Dear Lord, Help us through this advent to travel another way, a way that reflects your unconditional love for all the world.  Everything I am today is a gift from you.  Everything I can be tomorrow is my gift to myself.

Morning Prayer:  Brian Ciccone, Admissions Counselor; Social Studies Teacher