December 16, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Announcements

•Thank you to all the St. Michael’s families who contributed to our Advent Reception!
•The school office will be closed from December 22nd to January 5th.
•Report cards will be emailed home on Tuesday, December 20.
•Students return from Christmas break on Sunday evening, January 8.
•Reminder:  Our WCEA/WASC Accreditation Visitation will take place on January 22-25.  Please pray for its success.  Those involved have already been contacted.

Athletics

•Our next basketball games are:  Tuesday, January 10, at 4:00 PM, at American Sports Center [1500 Anaheim Blvd # 110, Anaheim, CA]; Thursday, January 12, at 3:00 PM, at Ladera Sports Center [2 Terrace Rd, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694]; Friday, January 13, at 3:30 PM, at Avalon [Catalina Island].
•Our next soccer games are:  Tuesday, January 10, at 3:30 PM, at San Juan Sports Park [25925 Camino Del Avion San Juan Capistrano, California 92675]; and Thursday, January 12, at 3:15 PM, at Southlands [1920 Brea Canyon Cut Off Rd., Walnut, CA 91789].

 

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

How peaceful! How joyful! How absolutely wonderful must have been that first Christmas morning;  there, in that stable in Bethlehem, with St. Joseph keeping watch over his new family, with the shepherds coming on bended knee to adore their long-expected Messiah and King, with the whole host of angels singing praises to their God Incarnate and Our Blessed Mother Mary holding in her arms Him Who is both her little Babe and Omnipotent Creator, with all hearts full of love for this Divine Infant.

Yes, this little Child is both true God and true man.  He it is Who, at the beginning of time first created us out of love, and then, 2000 years ago, took on our human nature in order that He might suffer and die for us, and so redeem us from the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and from our own sins, moved as He was by that same divine love.  Yes, it was love alone that moved God, so to speak, to create us and then to redeem us; and all He asks of us is to return that same love to Him.  It’s as simple as that—as simple as a little Child in the arms of His Mother. 

And it is for this reason that the whole world rejoices this Christmas morning.  As Pope Leo the Great once proclaimed: Our Savior was born on this day.  Let us rejoice.  Sadness is not becoming…No one is excluded from sharing in this cheerfulness, for the reason of our joy is common to all men.  Our Lord, the Conqueror of sin and death, since there was no one to free us from slavery, came that He might bring deliverance to all.  Let him who is sanctified rejoice, for he draws near to the palm of victory.  Let the sinner rejoice, since he is invited to grace.  Let the Gentile exult, for they are called to life.

Our Blessed Lord, Son of God and Son of Mary, Who loves us more than we can ever imagine, wants us to share in this Christmas joy by loving Him in return.  And who would refuse such an invitation? Who would not love the God of love Himself? It is for this that we were created, and it is for this that God became Man. 

This joy—which arises in our hearts when we obtain the object of our love—will be absolutely complete in Heaven; for, there we will possess perfectly the Greatest Good our hearts can ever possess:  God Himself.  But even here on earth we can share in the Christmas joy to the degree in which we believe, hope and love our Lord.  For this same Lord Who was born on Christmas Day, is present in spirit in the souls of all who are in the state of grace; and He is present in His Flesh and Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist.  With what great wisdom a simple religious sister once explained it.  “Father”, she said, “everyday is Christmas for us Catholics, because we have the Mass.”  If only all of us might live our lives with that same wisdom and simplicity! If we did, there would be no real “post-Christmas blues”, which one so often feels soon after this holiday.

This Christmas Day offers us the opportunity to draw closer to the Child Jesus.  If you have been far away from Him (like the Shepherds), make a good sacramental confession and draw near to Him.  If you already have Him in your hearts, come even closer—you can never love Him too much.  For our Lord comes with an abundance of gifts:  forgiveness for the sinner, an increase in grace for the sanctified, and Christmas joy for all.  And all He asks of us is that we draw near to His crib and give Him our hearts—hearts full of love.

May the Christmas joy, which our Lord gives to us at every Holy Mass, increase daily until we come to that perfect joy in heaven!       

 

Prayer Requests

•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.