•Anyone interested in joining the Archery Club should contact Frater Frederick this week!
•Looking ahead: Presidents’ Weekend is February 18-19. Monday, February 20 is a day off from school.
•Sunday, February 26, at 7:00 PM, is the Winter Sports Awards Ceremony, in the Perpetual Help Room.
•The next soccer games are: Wednesday, February 8, at 3:30 PM, at San Juan Sports Park [25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675]; and Thursday, February 9, at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s.
•The next basketball games are: Monday, February 6, at 3:30 PM at TVT [5 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603]; and Friday, February 03, 2017 10, at 7:00 PM, at Southlands Christian [1920 So. Brea Canyon Cutoff Rd., Walnut, CA 91789].
“I’m not religious, but I am spiritual, really spiritual.” How many times have we heard that one?
Well, there is a lot of truth in such a statement. Because it’s impossible to be truly religious and “spiritual” at the same time, because the only real religion (the Catholic one) is not “spiritual”; it’s incarnational—founded on Jesus Christ, Who, though God, a Pure Spirit, took on our human flesh, uniting matter to Spirit; and ever since then He has been using this material world as an instrument through which He communicates His supernatural grace. And so, to be “spiritual,” is to deny all of Christianity.
Today, the Feast of St. Blaise, the day after the Christmas season officially comes to a close, we are immediately reminded by Holy Mother Church in a very concrete way not to forget this fact of the Incarnation. In a few moments all will come forward to receive the blessing of their throat. Spiritual gifts will be given through the use of mere material things: a couple of blessed candles, a few words spoken by a priest and a sign of the cross. Sacramentals are things or actions which the Church uses in a certain imitation of the Sacraments, in order, by virtue of her prayers, to achieve effects, above all those of a spiritual nature [1917 Code of Canon Law].
The sacramentals prepare us for the sacraments in two ways: first, by removing impediments to God’s grace, like venial sins, as well as our sinful inclinations and the attacks of the devil, and punishment due to past sins; and second, by disposing us to receive God’s grace with more fervor, love and devotion, and arousing in us contrition for our sins. In addition to these spiritual goods, sacramentals can also obtain for us temporal goods, like good health. Every time we make use of the sacraments or sacramentals, we profess our faith in the Incarnation.
So let us celebrate the Incarnation today and everyday by making use of the sacraments (those “relics of the Incarnation” as Pope Pius XI called them) and sacramentals, where spiritual and temporal gifts are poured down upon us from the Heart of Christ, true God and true Man, Who is not spiritual, but really religious.
•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.