· Students of St. Michael’s will receive the sacrament of Confirmation this Monday, April 20, at 6:30 PM, in the abbey church. They will be confirmed by Bishop Kevin Vann. All are welcome to attend. A modest reception follows in the Perpetual Help classroom.
· Dads' Night Out (given by Fr. Benedict): Sunday, April 26, 6:45 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom
· [***Changed and Updated] Spring Choir Concert: Sunday, May 17, 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom; a modest reception follows
· [***Changed and Updated] Spring Sports Award Ceremony: Sunday, May 31, 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom
· Graduation: Monday (Memorial Day), May 25, 7:00 PM, in the abbey courtyard. All students are required to attend (all parents and families are welcome).
Congratulations to the following students who received an award on the National Latin Exam:
Quinton Dubay, Trevor Nakanishi, Montgomery Smith, Bruno Moebest, Daniel Trainor, Thomas Goodwin, Joseph Verburg, Simon Nguyen (perfect score), Christopher Laygug (perfect score), Dominic Nixon, Max Tittmann, Elliot Simons, Diego, Aguilar, Andrew Book, John Burnham, Michael Kaiser, Stephen Deaton, Michael Gates, Orion LaCour, John Howard, Kenneth Loeffler, Peter Tran, Joshua Viola, Joshua Cabral.
|Some of the National Latin Exam Winners|
· Congratulations to Fr. Charbel and our archery team, who beat DaVinci Design in Hawthorne 3-4 in a recent friendly competition!
· Congratulations to our Fr. Alan and our baseball team on their recent victories! The next games are: April 21, Tuesday, at 3:15 PM, at St. Michael’s; and Saturday, April 25 (double header), the first game beginning at 11:30 AM. Lunch will be provided in between the games.
Sermon by a Norbertine Priest
“They were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost.” There is an element of surprise in all of the Resurrection appearances: the disciples of the Lord are surprised—surprised He is risen. Then Jesus proceeds to reassure them that it is He Himself who is standing before them, but His reassurance is not the same in each appearance. It is interesting that when He appears to St Mary Magdalene, it is only the sound of His voice saying her name that convinces her; for the two disciples on the road to Emmaus it is first a long Scriptural discussion followed by the breaking of the bread, then their eyes are opened; for the several appearances in the upper room, the Apostles as a whole are shown His wounds, are invited to probe those wounds, and then He eats in their presence.
Jesus needs to reassure everyone in some way about His physical reality. That is not so much our problem. Our challenge is that of those who have not seen and yet have believed. We are asked to recognize the invisible Lord in His sacraments, His Scriptures, and in the many events of our lives, to see them as Providence. What reassurances do we find ourselves looking for in order to believe and to continue believing? To walk by faith and not by sight is the vocation of every Christian, and for vowed religious, it is an especially intense way of life.
We have to admit, first of all, that we have no power to make ourselves feel God’s presence. Our awareness of God’s presence is a struggle and very much dependent upon His will, upon His desire to reveal Himself to us in His own way and in His own time. We see that Jesus Himself was very selective about those to whom He appeared, when, and how often. The mystery of His providence is fascinating in each of the resurrection appearances: Why her first? Why him, why them, and not others?
The fact is, we are accompanied by a mysterious presence in our lives at each moment that changes us. We can’t ever say that our experience of God as our most intimate Friend and Companion is anything less than mysterious. We cannot control Him or hold Him so as to manipulate Him—as Simon Magus sought to “buy” the Holy Spirit when he saw how the Apostles operated under the Spirit’s influence: “he offered them money, saying, ‘Give me also this power….’” It’s not something we can buy or bargain for.
It is as simple as what St John says, “By this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. … whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” I think we will find that the kinds of reassurances that we are looking for all boil down to the frequent reminder that we are loved by God, that we are abiding in Him. Again, how can we tell if this is happening?
|Our Newly Baptized STM Student|
Looking at your desires and aspirations—they are not those of a fallen man who wants to stay fallen, but of those who has been sacramentally regenerated. New life has been given us and we can be assured that we are living it if we keep Christ’s commandment of love—striving to walk in the same way in which he walked. Where did your desires and aspirations come from?
St Bernard of Clairvaux says that we would not seek Him at all unless He had first found us. That is a very unique kind of assurance: we have spiritual and moral aspirations that grow more intense the more we possess Christ. And the more we possess Him, the more we desire Him. Saint Bernard says, “there will be no end to desire, and therefore no end to [our] search.”
Mary Magdalene standing outside of the tomb; the Emmaus disciples; the Apostles; all, without exception, were in profound sorrow. Why? Because they had already been touched, had been found, by the Lord, and they felt lost without Him; they felt His absence because they were so familiar with His presence. They epitomize what St Bernard says of himself: “Not only has He sought me as I am, but He has shown me tenderness, and caused me to seek Him with confidence.”
● Mr. Andy Portka, who is fighting cancer.
● Mrs. Donna Loeffler, who is fighting cancer.
● For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.