● Please remember that no report cards will be given to any family that still has not paid all of its tuition, fees, etc. for this year.
● A blessed and restful summer to all!
● The first day of school for the 2014-2015 academic year is Sunday, August 24. We begin in the church at 7:00 PM.
|Alumni Return For Graduation|
Homily of the Week by a Norbertine Priest
The end of the school year has come. Seminarians and Prep. School students alike are taking their final exams, and in a few short days many of you will depart. And so it is fitting that both the lessons from today’s Holy Mass recount the departure of a teacher and spiritual father from his disciples. Paul is departing from Ephesus for the last time, Jesus from this world, and both make an impassioned plea to their disciples. And so, if you will pardon my presumption for speaking on behalf of all the teachers here present, I too make my own plea to you departing students with the very words of St. Paul and our Blessed Lord.
Keep watch over yourselves…know that after your departure wolves will come among you: men who will pervert the truth. Be vigilant. Carefully guard the truth we have handed on to you here. We did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, but have openly taught you the whole plan of God. For it is not just any truth, it is saving truth: it is that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated in the truth, just as Jesus prayed. Satan wants to come and steal the seed of God’s saving word from your hearts before it can take root and flourish. So guard the truth you have received here as you go to your own homes this summer. Here we have taught you the truth that to be saved you must pray always, you must meditate on the word of God, study the teachings of Christ’s Holy Church, frequent the sacraments which are the very touch of Jesus Himself in your souls, and finally, serve your neighbor out of love for Jesus who, by touching your souls, enables you to love. Do not fill your minds with the false wisdom of the world, close your eyes and your ears to the internet and the television, and all the other mouths by which the ancient serpent speaks to the modern world.
Know that not only have we faithfully handed on saving truth, we have handed this truth on to you in love, as loving fathers of your souls. Our only benefit in doing so has been your sanctification: though this is a great benefit indeed. Indeed, we here in the sanctuary can make St. Paul’s boast our own: We have never wanted anyone's silver or gold. We have taught you by word and example without receiving one cent from any of you…and if your parents have paid tuition, it was to pay the bills to maintain the school, but we Norbertines have received nothing. You know well that these very hands have served our needs. In every way we have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
In the gospel Jesus prayed to the Father for his disciples: “Father, I do not ask that you take them out of the world.” St. Thomas comments on these words by simply saying: “for the whole world was about to be converted by them.” Dear students, do not only guard the truth you have received here, but communicate it to others. Saving truth can only be kept if it is given away. God has a reason and a plan for every moment of your life, not only while you are here, but also when you are away. He wants you to be His instrument of salvation to all whom you meet this summer. This is what Jesus says about all his disciples: As you sent me into the world Father, so I sent them into the world. May each of you reap an abundant harvest of souls and return here to your spiritual home rejoicing.
● For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.