•If your student has outgrown his uniform we would be happy to accept any clothing donations that are clean and in good shape. Donations can be dropped off with Mrs. Christian in the school office.
•Additional Graduation announcements are available for sale in the school office for $3.50 each.
•This Sunday there will be a Marian procession at the school, beginning in the parking lot around 8:15 PM. All are welcome to participate.
•Sunday, May 15, is the spring Sports Awards Ceremony, at 7:00 PM in the Perpetual Help Room.
•On May 19 and 20 (7:00 PM both evenings), our school’s Drama Club will be putting on a performance of the play “A Separate Peace.” The show will take place in the abbey courtyard. All are welcome to attend!
•Sunday, May 22, at 7:00 PM, is the Spring Concert, in the Perpetual Help Room.
•On Friday, May 27, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be dismissed at 12:00 Noon; seniors will be able to leave as soon as they complete their respective Matura presentations (anywhere between 1:00 and 2:00 PM).
•Commencement Exercises are on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), at 7:00 PM. All students are required to be present. There is no school that day, but all students should plan on arriving by 6:30 PM that evening.
•Friday, June 3rd, is the last day of school.
•The next baseball games are: Saturday, April 30, on Catalina Island; Tuesday, May 3, at 3:00 PM, at Brookhurst Park [2271 W. Crescent Ave., Anaheim CA 92801]; Friday, May 6, at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s.
During this month of May, a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, one finds many processions and May Crownings taking place in parishes, conferences on our Lady are being held, throughout the world among faithful Catholics Mary is being praised and her virtues extolled. Such pious devotions are excellent manifestations of our love from the Blessed Virgin. But really, the best way to honor her—the best way to honor anyone—is by imitation. By imitating our Lady we say with our actions that we admire her so much that we wish to be like her. But there seems to be, at first glance at least, a little difficulty with imitating Mary.
When seeking to imitate someone it is only prudent to imitate that which is the person’s noblest trait, that for which the person is most revered by others. How, then, can we rightly imitate the Blessed Virgin, when her most important characteristic—that which not only places her so far above us all but is the very reason why God bestowed upon her all her other perfections—is her divine maternity, the fact that she is the Mother of God? Is there anyone who can imitate this? Isn’t it true that even our Lady did not merit this vocation? She did not merit it, but she did, in a sense, cause it, and of her own free will; and in this way we can, to a degree, imitate the Blessed Mother—not, of course, by taking her place as Mother of God, but by making our own her response to the Heavenly Father, that response which opened the door, as it were, to her greatest and oldest title, the Mother of God.
We all know the story: the Angel Gabriel appears to the Blessed Virgin, she is asked to bear the Savior of the world, the Virgin says Fiat, “Let it be done to me according to your word,” and this poor Jewish handmaiden becomes the Mother of God. This simple, humble act of obedience was to change forever the course and fate of mankind. Oh powerful Fiat! wrote St. Thomas of Villanova, O efficacious Fiat! O Fiat to be venerated above every other Fiat! For with a fiat God created light, heaven, earth; but with Mary’s fiat God became man.
By faithfully submitting herself to the will of the Father, by placing all her talents at His service, our Lady initiated the downfall of the kingdom of Satan. Think about it. This poor young Virgin played a key role in overthrowing the gates of hell, in bringing Satan to his knees; and she does this by one word: “Fiat.” In her simple “yes” to God’s Holy Will, the Blessed Virgin’s one word brings into the world another Word, the Word Incarnate. Her humble and faithful response to the Master’s command brought God to earth and salvation to all.
One often hears the question, “How do I know if I am growing in holiness?” Though it is not always easy to know exactly how we stand in God’s eyes, the surest way to pursue sanctity is by imitating our Blessed Mother, imitating her in her complete obedience and acceptance of God’s holy will. The reason for this is that, as St. Thomas says, every good, however good it may be, is rendered better through obedience. Mary’s generous response to the Father’s request is the perfect example of this. So the way to becoming a saint is by humbly obeying God in all things: first by obeying His Ten Commandments and the commandments and laws of His Church; then by humbly submitting to whatever He sends your way—good times or bad, sufferings or joys, responding to all with the words of Our Lady, “Let it be done to me as you have said.”
If you allow Him, God will sanctify you not only in the midst of your everyday duties, but by means of them. But how often do we try to become saints our way and not God’s way, responding with the words: “Lord, what you ask of me is too much.” “That’s not fair.” “My way is better.” The list is endless; and so often they are just another way of saying, Non serviam, “I will not serve”—the words not of our Lady, but of Lucifer. Our life as Christians can be modeled either on our Blessed Mother, foreshadowing eternal life in heaven, where the word Fiat is found on the lips of all, or it can be a living hell—one of wailing and grinding of teeth, one full of those words chanted in hell, Non serviam—“I will not serve.”
Thanks be to God our Blessed Mother did not shake off the command of her Divine Master. Where would we be now if the Blessed Virgin’s response to God’s command was not Fiat? Let us pray for the grace at this Holy Mass to imitate our Lady in her most noble act, in her humble act of obedience. And if we cast off all pride and fear, if we imitate Our Lady, if we respond to everything which God asks of us with the word Fiat, then we too will bring the Word into the world and into our hearts.
Mary Mother of God.
Pray for us!
•For the repose of Florecita Coronado, Joshua Viola’s great aunt.
•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.