●On September 30 and October 1, Mrs. Patricia Hierro will be holding SAT classes here at the school for the juniors and seniors during the school day. She will also be available for students in the afternoon and evening hours.
● Please remember that there is a meeting on Sunday, September 21, at 7:00 PM, for all parents who are volunteering at the upcoming Gala.
● School pictures will be taken Tuesday, September 23rd. Students should be sure to have clean ties and blazers as well as being clean shaven with appropriate haircuts.
● Monday, September 29th is a non-school day in honor of The Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. No weekenders will be allowed at school. Students return that evening between 6:45 and 7:45 PM.
● Parents are reminded that, during the colder winter days, the students are allowed to wear navy blue or gray (one solid color only) cardigan or pullover sweaters under their blazers as part of their school uniform. Hooded sweatshirts are allowed only during the recreation times.
● The next football game is this Friday, at 6:30 PM, against Noli Indian School (24335 Soboba Rd., San Jacinto, CA 92583).
● The next cross country race is this Friday, at 5:00 PM, at Orange County Great Park (Irvine, CA).
Sermon by a Norbertine Priest of St. Michael’s Abbey
Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and because this feast is of such a high liturgical rank, it takes the place of the usual Sunday Mass. To give such prominence to this feast makes perfect sense when you consider how important the Cross is in the life of Christ, in the life of the Church, and in our own individual lives—as today’s Introit reminds us: We must glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in which is our salvation, life and resurrection, through which we have been saved and freed.
Did you ever stop and think how utterly insane it must have seemed to the natives of North
when Bl. Junipero Serra and the other Catholic missionaries who came over to
convert them, took out a crucifix and said, “This is our God”? You
can almost imagine their reaction:
“Your God? You must mean the enemy of your God, right? The one your God conquered. This
statue you show us is of a man who just lost a battle. He is obviously no great warrior. He is obviously a weak one, the one over whom your God was victorious.” --“No, no. This, this is our God, the man on the Cross. He allowed this to happen to Himself. He wanted to do this for us because He loves us.” --“He became a victim for you because He loves you?”
The wisdom of God and its apparent absurdity, its foolishness in the eyes of men, is presented most clearly in the Cross. It is by the Cross that Christ conquered sin; it is by the Cross that Christ showed His love for the Father and for us; and it is by carrying our own cross that we show our love for Christ and share in His plan of redemption.
Our Lord says somewhere in the Gospel, “Come, you who are weary and find life burdensome. Come and take My yoke upon your shoulders.” Now, this doesn’t exactly seem like the best way to ease someone’s burden. “Tired, worn out? Here, put a little more weight on your shoulders. Feel better?” The great wisdom of God can really seem to be foolishness to those who do not know Christ.
You don’t have to be an expert in ancient agricultural techniques to know that a farmer would usually make or buy a yoke that would fit well on the shoulders of his animal. The yoke would only really hurt if the animal tried to shake it off. Then it would begun to cut into the animal’s back; and the more the animal tried to get from out beneath it, the more pain it would cause.
Suffering, weariness, tiredness, are all effects of sin, the sin of our first parents. The existence of such daily crosses cannot be denied by even an atheist; but something an unbeliever does not see is that such hardships can become not only light and easy, but even sweet and causes of great joy. How? By uniting them to the Cross of Christ, that is, by accepting them with humility and
complete resignation, by seeing in them your key to heaven and a chance to glorify God. And this is what our Blessed Lord means when He tells us that, if you are overburdened, to take His yoke upon you, and you will find rest—rest even in the midst of the very trials that weigh you down. Or as He Himself once told Bl. Bronislava, a Norbertine nun: “My cross is your cross, but My glory shall be your glory.”
The cross will only be too much to bear for those who seek to shake it off and even trample it down. These it will bother, then cut into, and someday crush. But those who embrace it will soon find that the more tightly one holds it, the lighter it becomes.
Francis De Sales once said the following: The everlasting God has in His wisdom
foreseen from all eternity the cross that He now presents to you
as a gift from His inmost Heart. This
cross He now sends you He has considered with His
all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with
His loving arms, to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for
you. He has blessed it with His Holy
Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you
and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from
God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.
Always hold fast to the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. See in it your key to salvation. Love His Cross and never let go of it; and by means of it He will draw you to Himself.
● For Mrs. Donna Loeffler, who is undergoing some health problems.● For the repose of the soul of Rey Quebral, the uncle of John Howard.
● For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.