Speak: Marian Takes on Tough Topics

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Speak: Marian Takes on Tough Topics

Each year, the Marian Theology department chooses a book for the entire school (freshman to seniors) to read over the summer.  Traditionally, these book have topics that deal with serious moral and ethical issues.  This year’s selection, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, was no exception. The novel, which focuses on a high school student who has been sexually assaulted, gave way to countless conversations on a topic that is unfortunately a very real part of our world.  In solidarity with those impacted by sexual assault and sexual abuse, Thursday September 22nd was chosen as a day for book discussions in the Theology classes as well as prayer throughout the day that centered on the topic.  Members of the Peer Ministry class worked together to create departmentally specific prayers to be used at the start of each class period.  This kept the topic at the forefront of everyone’s minds, helped establish and environment where it is safe to come forward if you have been sexually assaulted, and can hopefully lead to a world where sexual assault becomes a thing of the past.

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Prayer from the Theology Department:

Dear Lord,

Help us to end sexual abuse in all its forms.

Remind us that you are always there to support us, no matter how difficult a situation may be.

Create in us a desire to listen to your Word.

Give us the strength to always show respect for others.

Help us work toward a safer world where people will feel comfortable and supported.

Allow us to create a culture where people never feel afraid or ashamed to seek help.

Guide us through your wisdom.

Help us to use this wisdom in our everyday lives.

Guide us through your love.

For as it states in first Corinthians chapter thirteen:

“Love is patient, love is kind.

It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous,

it is not inflated, it is not rude,

it does not seek its own interests,

it is not quick-tempered,

it does not brood over injury,

it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.”

Help us to show love to everyone around us.

May your love lead us to an end to sexual abuse.
Amen