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Opening Night 2015-2016
I welcome you all to the beginning of another school year here on this hilltop. As always, we begin the year in the abbey church, before our Lord, Who is the Light of the World—a light, the Light in the midst of a world which is growing ever darker. But no worries: that’s why we are here; that’s why you are here—to flee the darkness and error that pervades are current culture and to receive the Light and Truth of Jesus Christ.
In 476 AD, when the Roman Empire came to an end, some tried to blame Christianity as the cause of its fall. That’s more than a little ironic—it’s completely false—since it was Christianity alone that would bring light to the next several hundred years known as “the Dark Ages.”
O tempora! O mores! “O the times, O the morals!” As the great Cicero had prophesied 500 years before, it was the corrupt morals of mankind that would fling the western world into a pit of destruction, not Christianity. But while the darkness seemed to grow ever thicker, lights were being set aglow all over Europe in the hidden shadows of monasteries such as this one. It was in the monastery schools, the scholae monasticae, that the teachings of the great philosophers Plato and Aristotle were preserved. In these same schools, students were trained in the arts, sciences, in grammar and literature—holding onto and developing the great truths that had been handed down through the centuries not only for themselves but for future generations. Indeed, education flourished in these schools while it was floundering through most of society.
My dear sons, God has willed that you be part of the solution, that you be a light in the midst of the world’s ice-cold darkness; and so He has called you to this hilltop and offers to you through us the light of His truth, and the warmth of His love. Here, in the coming days, in this abbey school, you can either step up, grow up, become a Catholic gentlemen and so share in the light of Christ, or you can choose to flounder in immaturity, ignorance, and darkness.
Paying attention in class and doing your homework, studying hard, being responsible, following the school rules, respecting your teachers, being charitable to your classmates, praying devoutly, facing the truth about yourself, admitting your faults, striving to do and be better: this is the road that leads to the light.
Being lazy, blowing off your classes, being self-centered, showing no respect for anyone, wallowing in inordinate self-love and self-pity, seeking the easy way out, never praying: this is the road that leads to darkness, eternal darkness.
Yes, the world is being enveloped by darkness, but have no fear. Our Faith was born in the midst of the darkness of a manger. It was nourished in the obscurity of the catacombs, and it grew to maturity while the rest of the world seemed to be tumbling down into an abyss. And here we are once again.
Ask God this evening to grant you the graces you will need all throughout the year to follow Him closely, walking in the light of His truth and goodness. Accept graciously all that He wants to offer you this year. Seek to do His will in all things, and you will have an excellent year and fulfill your God-given vocation to be the “salt of the earth and the light of the world.”
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