Welcome to Middle School!
Ms. Strocco - 6th grade Homeroom, Math, and Social Studies
Hello! I'm Valerie Strocco, Stella Maris Academy's 6th grade homeroom teacher. I can't wait to meet all of you in the fall. I hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Mrs. Moreau - 7th grade Homeroom, Advanced Math, and Religion
What a blessing it is to be a part of the Stella Maris community, especially this particular 7th grade class! We, as a class, are capable of being generous, compassionate, humble and forgiving, and we can care for each other as true friends. This year we will invite Jesus to be a part of our class through our hours of prayer across the school year. We will ask Him to take the people we are - our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and make us grow through His grace. 7thgrade will be a blessing to our lives as we mature as Catholics.
Sharing Our Faith
Our Spiritual Life
In The Practice of the Presence of God, the author, Brother Lawrence, claims that “the most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God.” Brother Lawrence supports his claim by saying that we must find constant pleasure in His divine company and converse with Him, in little ways, at every moment we find, without limiting the conversation. His purpose is to suggest to us to always talk with God, especially, in times of temptation, sorrow, separation from God, and even in times of unfaithfulness and sin. Brother Lawrence wants to share with everyone that we can always count on God whenever we need a helping hand.
I have decided to talk to God whenever I need to, especially during hard times. Even though I cannot hear him, he hears me and comforts me any way he can. My relationship with him will grow because we will know each other very well, that he will become, not only my father but also my best friend. As a Catholic, I will also be able to grow my relationship to the Church and to the Christian community. After all, what could please God more than for us to leave the cares of the world temporarily in order to worship Him in our spirits?
7th Grade Student
In The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence asserts that taking a little time to pray by just talking to God throughout the day, helps us to grow closer to him. Brother Lawrence states, “We must try to converse with God in little ways while we do our work; not in memorized prayer, not trying to recite previously formed thoughts. Rather we should purely and simply reveal our hearts as the words come to us.” His purpose is to help people pray more sincerely and grow closer to God in their prayer life. He seems to have found a very nice way of praying and wants to share it with everyone who wishes to pray better.
I think that this way of praying is much more meaningful than the memorized prayer. I had already found it hard to focus on praying with just reciting prayers so I started talking to God and telling Him all my problems and what I liked about my day. The way of prayer that Brother Lawrence discovered is kind of like what I did except when praying that way, you just tell God about what you’re doing. I like that way better than mine. It seems more like a conversation. I think that Brother Lawrence discovered something beautiful and I want to try praying that way.
Seventh Grade Student
In The Practice of the Presence of God, the author, Brother Lawrence, asserts that “The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God.” By the “ presence of God” he means, “ finding constant pleasure in his divine company” for example always feeling him inside, no matter what one is doing, “ speaking humbly and lovingly with Him in all seasons, at every moment, without limiting the conversation in any way.” He also supports that idea by saying, “ Since we believe that God is always with us, no matter what we may be doing, why shouldn’t we stop for a while to adore Him, to praise him, to petition Him, to offer Him our hearts, and to thank Him?” His purpose is to make us always be, think, talk, act etc with God. That “we believe that God is always with us” which means that no matter what we are doing, we can always stop just for a little while and think about Him, pray to Him, praise Him etc..
I think that what the author, Brother Lawrence, is trying to tell us is important. We know and believe that God is with us at all times, so it wouldn’t hurt to talk to Him, even just to say what is happening right now and what we are doing at the moment. It wouldn’t hurt to pray to Him, even for just a little bit, and it wouldn’t hurt to thank Him, just with our hearts a little thank you for what He has done. What touched me the most about the passage, is when Brother Lawrence said, “ We must try to converse with God in little ways while we do our work; not in memorized prayer, not trying to recite previously formed thought. Rather, we should purely and simply reveal our hearts as the words come to us.” That touched me the most because when I didn’t know memorized prayers, or I just forgot them I would just talk to Him saying the words that came from my heart. In conclusion, I think that what Brother Lawrence says is right and we should try to do so.
Seventh Grade Student