•The school’s last Open House of this school year is this Saturday, April 14, at 3:30 PM.
•The students received the first version of the course lists for next school year. Parents are encouraged to speak to their sons about their courses for next year. This is just the beginning of a 3-week process before the final (and permanent) versions come out.
•On Monday, April 23, Mr. Warnisher’s US History class will visit the Reagan Library; Fr. Victor will help chaperone.
•On Tuesday, May 3, Fr. Victor and another priest will be taking a group of students to the Pacific Symphony. Parents of the students attending will be notified beforehand.
•The school’s Spring Concert is on Sunday, May 6, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help room. All are welcome to attend!
•We are planning on having an All School BBQ (as our last “all-school meeting”) on Wednesday, May 9. More information to come soon.
•On Saturday, May 19, at 8:00 AM, the school will have another Entrance Exam for prospective students. Contact Mrs. Toni Aeschliman for more details.
•Graduation Day is Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day), at 7:00 PM, in the abbey courtyard. All are welcome to attend; all students are required to attend.
•The next baseball games are: Tuesday, April 17, at 3:00 PM, at Fairmont Prep [Fairmont Preparatory Academy; 2200 W Sequoia Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801]; and Friday, April 20, at 3:00 PM, at St. Michael’s.
•Our archery club was honored to have Olympic Gold Medalist (South Korea), Ms. Hyang Soon Seo, instruct our students this past week! She will return again next week as well.
Sermon by a Norbertine Priest
In the Gospel our Lord tells His disciples that He will be with them only a little while longer. One can only imagine how sad it must have made them to hear this. Had they lived in the era of cameras and smartphones, they most likely would have taken a few snapshots of the Savior—a little memento of Him, something to look at when He is gone. After all, wouldn’t you have done the same? And if you had taken a picture of Christ, what would you do with it? Would you pull it out just once a year or so, brush off the dust, and then put back in the closet with your high school yearbook, or would you look at it every day, wonder at it, venerate it?
See, our Lord was already one step ahead of them. He thought of something far better than a
picture. Of course, He would eventually ascend gloriously into heaven, and not long after send His Holy Spirit to be with the members of His Church until the end of time. But He went even one step further—for He knows that we humans often cannot survive on just vague memories, but want some kind of concrete memento. And He wanted us—all of us—to know exactly how He looked. So He decided to capture the greatest moment in the history of the world (namely, His Resurrection) so that everyone could see what He looked like in His moment of glory!
The fact is, we do have a picture of that moment, or rather something even better and more real than a picture. It’s 14 feet long and 3 ½ feet wide. It’s a true—the truest—image of our Savior at the very moment of His Resurrection, His entire body, both front and back. It’s the greatest relic there is, and we very rarely ever even look at it—maybe once a year during Lent: the Shroud of Turin.
The Gospels mention our Lord being wrapped in a burial cloth, as was the custom of the time. Eusebius, writing in the 4th century, tells us that the Shroud was brought by St. Jude to Edessa in 40 AD at the request of King Abgar V, who wished to be cured of his leprosy by its presence. It was known then as the “Mandylion”, which simply means “Holy Face”, because it was folded in such as way to show only the face. This was probably due to the fact that it was against the manners of the day to show an image of a nude body. Many depictions of St. Jude show him holding this image of the Holy Face. The Shroud was later hid in a small part of the city wall to protect it from a later king who was persecuting Christians. It reappeared in 525 AD. It’s interesting to note that around this time, and for many years to come, much of Byzantine iconography depicts the face of Christ almost exactly as it looks on the Shroud. So the image must have been well-known in that part of the world for some time. It was later moved to Constantinople around the year 1000, disappeared around 1200 when the Muslims sacked the city, and eventually resurfaced in France in the 15th century. It suffered minor damages in a fire in 1532, and was later repaired with patches, which can be seen along edges with water marks from putting out fire. Eventually it made its way to Turin in the late 16th century, where it remains today; hence its name, the Shroud of Turin.
Despite the attempts of many to disprove its authenticity—many of whom, by the way have been converted to the Catholic Faith in the process—the Shroud’s reality is undeniable. Scientists have shown that it definitely cannot be a painting, sketch, or any type of work of art known to man. When photographed the negatives of the Shroud mysteriously appear as a photo already developed with the light values reversed, that is it looks not like a negative but a positive: something unexplainable till this day. The only thing even similar are the images of shadows which were imprinted on walls in areas hit with the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. So scientists think our Lord’s image was imprinted by means of some super, atomic-like blast of power and light. The pollen found on the Shroud matches the pollen found in places where the Shroud is said to have been, including Jerusalem, which has left the most pollen—28 species to be exact. And the weaving of the Shroud is one that was common in first-century Israel. By the way, the carbon 14 dating done on the Shroud, during the 70’s and 80’s, which supposedly showed that it was a fake from the Middle Ages, has since been shown to be a faulty test; in fact, it is a known fact among scientists that carbon 14 dating is a very inaccurate form of dating, and oftentimes comes not even close to the correct date. Several times enemies have tried to steal the Shroud of Turin or destroy it by fire (most recent was 1997), but have never been successful; and despite its age, the Shroud has never decayed. Just a few weeks ago the results from a new test were published, showing that in fact the Shroud dates from the time of Christ—but of course, the LA Times seemed to forget to print that one!
The evidence left on the Shroud agrees exactly with the Gospel accounts: hundreds of whip marks; serious wounds all over the skull; a face badly beaten; skin rubbed away on the shoulders from having carried a heavy weight; a hole in one side; knees severely injured from falling; hands and wrists nailed through, with thumbs curled in, as happens when a nail is put through the wrist area; and many other things which would take hours to discuss. But the facts are there: this is something truly supernatural!
Our Blessed Lord loves us so much, that not only did He suffer and die and rise again for us, not only did He leave us the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, that same sacrifice of Calvary, but He even left us a picture of Himself, and a picture of Himself in His greatest hour, His hour of triumph over sin and death. He left us this picture, and like anyone who gives a picture to someone they love, He wants us to look at it often. Like all sacred images, but especially this one, it is a great defense against the snares of the devil. How the devil hates this picture, which recalls the moment of his defeat! So, get a copy of the Holy Face as it appears on the Shroud, frame it even, and put it up in your house. Look at it everyday and thank God for dying and rising for you. If you do this everyday of your life, I have no doubt that someday you will see that same Holy Face forever in heaven. Amen.
•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.