A Prayer for Our Seniors' Last Day

Senior Alex Genois led our Class of 2018 and student body in prayer, for their last day of school, at Brother Martin. 

DSC06421As our final day of school as seniors at Brother Martin begins this morning, I am confident that my brothers and I, as members of the Class of 2018, are academically prepared for the rigorous coursework of college, emotionally ready for the challenges of life, and spiritually equipped to be ambassadors of good will to society.

We should also take a moment to reflect on the ways that we have grown over the course of the last 4, 5, or 6 years that we have been at Brother Martin.  Both individually and collectively, as members of the Class of 2018, we should be very proud of the impact that we have had on the school community. This senior class has done some pretty incredible things academically, athletically, and in extracurricular involvement.

However, it is now time for the rising senior class to lead the underclassmen and set a meaningful example as Brother Martin embarks on its 50th year Anniversary and the Brother of the Sacred Heart celebrate 150 years of forming young men in God’s love in the City of New Orleans.

Brother Martin Hernandez said it perfectly: “We are not here to teach boys how to make a living, but how to make a life.”  To “make a life,” you must be well-rounded in your gifts and talents, and you must be willing to accept the responsibility of being a servant leader in the Brother Martin school community.

Frequent prayer and meditation empowers you to accept this call, discover who you are, what you are doing, where you are going, and how you are going to get there.  Just as the Brothers left Lyon, France to travel to Mobile, Alabama to bring the charism and love of God to the needy youth in America, my classmates and I are ready to leave Brother Martin and share the charism with the world which has been strengthened and guided by our experiences at Brother Martin.

Let us call to mind that we are in God’s presence…

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Loving God, we give you thanks for our senior class.  We thank you for our many accomplishments over the past four, five, and six years.

We thank you for allowing us to become more aware of our own gifts, talents, and also—our limitations.  We pray that our class recognizes the need to continue our own spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth.  We pray as we respond to your call to be balanced, compassionate adults.

We pray also that the seniors, as we receive our diplomas on May 25th,  believe that You love us and that we are called to respond to loving one another by having a lifelong commitment to compassion, justice, and service.

Help my classmates and me to fulfill our present responsibilities while enjoying our final days here at Brother Martin, as we keep a healthy perspective on our future plans beyond these hallways.

Bestow your loving grace upon the rising senior class as well as the underclassmen and give them the courage and confidence to accept your call to serve the needs of those around them before themselves. Also, give them the wisdom to look to the example of Christian service, forged by our alumni, faculty, and administration.

Lastly, unite our Crusader community in an ever-strengthening bond.

We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ametur Cor Jesu, Loved be the Heart of Jesus.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.