April 15, 2017

Resurrexit Sicut Dixit! Alleluia!

Blessed Easter to All!

Students' Holy Week Procession

Announcements

•Students return from Easter break on Sunday, April 23 at the usual time.
•Bishop Kevin Van will bestow the sacrament of Confirmation on our students on Monday, May 1, at 6:30 PM, in the abbey church.  All are welcome to attend; a modest reception will follow.
•On Sunday, May 7, we will have our annual Spring Concert, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help room.  All are welcome to attend.
•Sunday, May 21, is the Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help Room.  All are welcome to attend.
•Monday, May 29, is the school’s Graduation, at 7:00 PM, in the abbey courtyard.  A reception will follow.  All students are required to attend and should arrive by 6:30 PM.
•All seniors have been given 10 complimentary graduation announcements. There are additional graduation announcements available at $3.50 each. Contact Mrs. Christian.

Athletics

•Our next baseball games are:  April 25 (Tuesday), at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s; April 27 (Thursday) at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s; April 28 (Friday) at 3:30 PM, at Amerige Park [300 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832]

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

We celebrate today the greatest event in all of human history:  the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.  The rising of Christ from the dead after three days in the tomb is a true miracle.  It is the greatest miracle ever performed, the miracle of all miracles.  And it is even more than a miracle, it is a supernatural mystery, one of the most wonderful mysteries of our Catholic Faith.  This dual aspect of Christ’s Resurrection—miracle and mystery—is something worth considering; for our whole Faith depends on it.  If Christ has not been raised, says St. Paul, your faith is in vain and your are still in your sins.  

Students' Holy Week Procession

Unlike the founding events of other religions—Mohammed’s alleged vision of an angel, Joe Smith’s supposed reception of mysterious golden tablets—our Lord’s Resurrection from the dead was witnessed by many.  It is a real, concrete historical event, one which goes totally beyond the normal order of nature, and can in no way be explained except by the power of God.  And it is supported by eye-witness accounts, written testimony, archaeological findings like the Shroud of Turin and the empty tomb, as well as additional miracles performed by Peter and the Apostles.  Sacred Scripture reports 12 different appearances of our Lord; and on one of these occasions He appeared to more than 500 people at the same time.  He spent 40 days with His disciples, teaching them about the Kingdom of God.  And is it any wonder that God would supply so much proof for this extraordinary event? Since this was to be the crowing moment in our Lord’s mission, the one miracle which would best persuade the world to believe in Him, that upon which our whole Faith would rest, it is most fitting that there should be so much testimony available:  the testimony of the angels found at His tomb, the testimony of the holy women who were the first to see Him, the testimony of the Apostles and many others, the testimony of the Scriptures which foretold this event.  The whole world bears witness that He has risen as He said.  But there is more to the Resurrection than just a miracle, as great as it is.     

St. Thomas Aquinas says of St. Thomas the Apostle that, when our Lord appeared to him and told him to place his hand in our Lord’s wounds, “Thomas saw one thing, but confessed another.”  My Lord and My God, he said.  “Thomas saw one thing, but confessed another; he saw the mortal wounds but confessed God”; he saw the miracle but confessed the mystery.  A supernatural mystery is that which one can know only by divine revelation, and even after that it still remains obscure; it cannot be completely comprehended by us, because by its very nature it infinitely surpasses our intellects.  We do not celebrate a mere resuscitation of a body, but the Resurrection of the very Son of God—something which is intimately connected with the whole mystery of Redemption, with the divine plan for saving mankind.  It is something which ultimately requires supernatural faith. We begin with the miracle perceived by our senses, but we must cross over, as it were, to the mystery perceived only with the eyes of faith.  

Students' Holy Week Procession

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is, as one saintly theologian once said, “the visible sign of the invisible victory of the Cross.”  Let us pray at this Holy Mass for all who do not believe, that the grace of this season may bring them to acknowledge the miracle and so believe in the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection.

 

Prayer Requests

•For the repose of Scott Hinman’s soul
•For Craig Kennedy who was just diagnosed with terminal cancer.
•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.