•Students will be dismissed for Easter break on Good Friday, after the service in the church, around 4:30 PM. Parents are welcome to attend the service, which begins at 2:00 PM.
•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 light 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.
•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]
Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do. It is not insignificant that the first of our Lord’s Seven Last Words were words of mercy. St. Sister Faustina related that, if Christ could be said to have a “greatest virtue,” it would in fact be mercy. Mercy—a certain pity on another on account of his sufferings. In justice Christ could have cried out, Father, destroy each and every one of my persecutors; it would not have been unjust for Him to do so. “Justice” is giving to another what he deserves; and all of us deserve Hell on account of our sins. But instead His cry is one of mercy.
The Old Law under Moses said, An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That’s justice. The New Law under Christ is turn the other cheek; forgive your transgressor seventy times seven times; pray for your persecutors. This is mercy. It could be said that with these first words the New Law of mercy was ushered in. It was an historic turning point in a sense. Love Incarnate was being hated, the Way the Truth and the Life was being unjustly executed, the Innocent Lamb was being led to the slaughter. What would be His response? Surely His enemies were expecting Him to curse them. Surely Satan was watching Him closely, hoping Christ would keep the evil going by blaspheming God just as he does. But our Blessed Lord defeated them all with words of mercy: Forgive them Father, they know not what they do. He defeated the power of evil with the power of goodness, the power of hate with the power of love, the power of revenge with the power of forgiveness.
By offering Himself willingly as a Victim for our sins and the sins of the whole world, Jesus not only made retribution for such offenses, He also, you might say, paid back even more than He needed, such that there is now a storehouse, so to speak, of God’s forgiveness in heaven, just waiting to be poured out upon us poor sinners. And now, because of what Christ offered up to the Father, the Father binds Himself in justice to forgive our sins. Like His Precious Blood which flowed from His wounds, so Christ’s mercy flows out to all the world, washing clean all who would repent. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. In so doing He left an example for all who would follow Him.
Scripture tells us that, after having been stoned by the people, St. Stephen spoke with his last breath the words of Jesus, Lord, he cried, do not hold this sin against them. This forgiveness of one’s persecutors, this love of even one’s enemies, would henceforth be the trademark of Christianity, the sign of a true follower of Jesus Christ. By Christ’s Passion and Death and ever mindful of His words, Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy, let us implore His mercy upon us and ask for the grace to be merciful to those who persecute us. St. Alphonsus supplies us with a prayer:
O Father, hear the voice of this beloved Son, Who implores Thee to pardon us. To grant us pardon is an act of mercy in our regard, because we do not deserve mercy; but it is an act of justice to Jesus Christ, Who has superabundantly atoned for our sins. Thou hast obliged Thyself to pardon us through His merits, and to receive into favor all who repent of the offences that they have offered Thee. My Father, I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee; and in the Name of this Son, I ask Thy pardon. Pardon me, and receive me into Thy favor.
•For the repose of Mrs. Kwon’s brother-in-law, Martia Kang, who passed away this week.
•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.