• This Sunday is the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom. All are welcome.
• The Dads’ Prayer Group will meet on November 18, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom. All dads are welcome!
• Fr. Victor and Frater Anselm will be taking a group of students to a Pacific Symphony concert on Thursday, November 15. Parents of the students going will be contacted by email.
• Please note that the students will be dismissed on Tuesday, November 20, at 2:05 PM, for Thanksgiving Vacation. No students may leave before that time.
• Our first soccer game is Tuesday, November 13, at 2:30 PM, against Capo Valley Christian [Vista Hermosa Sports Park, 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92673]; we also have another soccer game on Thursday, November 15, at 3:00 PM, at St. Michael’s.
• Our first basketball game is Tuesday, November 13, at 6:00 PM, at Pacifica High School [Pacifica Christian High School, 883 W 15th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663]; we also have two other basketball games on Thursday, November 15, at 5:30 PM against Eastside [Eastside Christian Schools, 1701 W Valencia Dr, Fullerton, CA 92833], and Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 PM, at Orangewood Academy
13732 Clinton St, Garden Grove, CA 92843]
Many there are…who are enemies of the Cross of Christ…
It’s very easy, when we hear these words, to think immediately of and point the finger at all those who completely reject the Catholic Faith, or even those “cafeteria Catholics”, as we call them—those who pick and choose what they want to believe, rejecting anything that demands a little effort. But if we keep reading the rest of that sentence of St. Paul: …whose God is their belly, whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things—if we read these lines we are forced to admit with a bit of embarrassment that perhaps we also, at least now and then, fall into that category of the “enemies of the Cross.”
Addressing a group of Catholics of his day, St. Louis De Montfort placed the following words on the lips of our Lord: See that almost everybody leaves Me practically alone on the royal road of the Cross. Blind idol-worshippers sneer at My Cross and call it folly. Heretics tear it down and break it to pieces out of sheer contempt. But one thing I cannot say without My eyes filling with tears and My heart being pierced with grief, is that the very children I nourished and trained in My school, the very members I enlivened with My spirit, have turned against Me, forsaken Me and joined the ranks of the enemies of My Cross…There are many who pretend that they are friends of Mine and love Me, but in reality they hate Me because they have no love for My Cross. I have many friends of My table, but few indeed love My Cross.
What does it mean, “to love the Cross”? Does it mean that we must find joy in pain itself? No. Only a madman finds joy in pain. Does it mean that we are obliged to ask God to grant us as much suffering as possible, to inflict us with every kind of ailment? No, not necessarily. To love the Cross means for most of us to accept with joy all the little sufferings God sends our way not because pain in itself is good, but because by sharing in Christ’s sufferings we manifest our love for Him and we cooperate with Him in saving souls, including our own.
We all know that Christ has already merited from the Father the salvation of every soul, but we also know (though we don’t always like to admit it) that Christ loves us so much that He wants us to share in His redemptive work. When we unite our sufferings to Christ’s—and this simply means to accept them out of love for Him, and to do so with patience, humility and joy—they become a powerful medicine, curing our soul of its worldliness; those sufferings also become priceless treasures and obtain graces for those in need and pay off the debt of our sins or of those in purgatory.
Suffering has forever been the mystery of our earthly lives. Even faithful Catholics can’t help wonder why it is that they have received this or that trial. But God never asked us to worry about the reason why we suffer. In fact, He told us not to worry. What’s really important is not the reason we are suffering, but rather the fact that every suffering that God allows us to undergo is meant to bring us closer to Him—whether it be by purifying us from worldly things, humbling our proud hearts, giving us an opportunity to do penance for our sins, allowing us to make reparation for the sins of another. Whatever the case may be, the one thing we must never forget, is that all suffering is a priceless treasure when united to the Cross of Christ. Indeed, if we really saw with the eyes of the saints how valuable suffering is, we would be begging for it!
During this Month of November we are reminded of those who are supremely aware of the value of suffering, namely the souls in purgatory. They now see that those little crosses God gives us in this life are really priceless treasures, valuable medicine, a golden rope which pulls us closer to Christ.
So don’t be afraid of the Cross; don’t be an enemy of the Cross; rather, be a friend of the Cross. Embrace the Cross and you will see that it is really Christ Who carries it anyhow; we only have to trust in Him. Do you want to convert the world? Do you want to reform the Church? Do you want to get to heaven? Just carry the little Cross that God has cut out for you. It has the shape of a cross, but it is really the key to heaven.
• For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
• For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
• For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.