•Congratulations to our school choir for their recent performance at USC!
•The $350 graduation fee for all seniors is due April 1st.
•Congratulations to those students who made the Third Quarter Honor Roll:
|First Honors: 93% and above
|Second Honors: 87%-92%
Paul De Jesus
•Congratulations to our baseball team on their recent success! Our league record is 3-0.
•The next baseball games are: Tuesday, March 28, at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s; and Friday, March 31, at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s.
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. It’s hard to find more beautiful and more powerful words in all of Sacred Scripture. In fact, in some ways, this one phrase sums up the entire Bible, the entire history of mankind. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us that true charity wills the good of the other; and in this life this willing the good of the other always requires some amount of sacrifice. Sacrifice, in the widest sense of the term, means laying aside some good of our own and dedicating it to someone or some particular cause. The musician lays aside hours of his day in order to practice his instrument; the athlete lays aside his personal comfort, enduring long workouts for the good of the team; the soldier sacrifices his life for the good of his country. And so it is with true charity: any act of charity requires that we set aside some good for the one we love. It might be something very simple, like lending a friend a few bucks when he needs it, or even simply greeting someone as they walk by, in which case we give our attention to that person. Whatever the case may be, true charity seems to require sacrifice; and in turn, sacrifice in the truest sense—that is not simply setting aside a good for anything whatsoever, but setting it aside for God—requires charity. Even if I hand over my body to be burned, but have not charity, it profits me nothing [1 Cor 13:3].
Charity and sacrifice. They are intimately united. Where you find one, you find the other. Where one is lacking, so is the other. This is something today’s world does not seem to understand, or at least does not want to acknowledge. Sacrifice without charity is not sacrifice, but lunacy—the suicide bomber provides the perfect example of this. Charity without sacrifice is not charity. At best it’s infatuation; at worst, lust. Millions of divorces give ample testimony to this. So, for true charity do not look to the world, rather look to Christ on the Cross: the perfect example of true charity and real sacrifice.
Like the crossbeams of the crucifix, charity and sacrifice meet in our Lord’s Sacred Heart. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends [Jn 15:13]. By this we know the love of God, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren [1 Jn 3:16]. This is why the enemies of all that is good hate the cross so much and try to take it down from our schools and public monuments, and go to all lengths to trample it down: because it reminds them with the most remarkable eloquence what true love is all about; and in so doing it convicts them of all their false loves and make-believe sacrifices.
Mother Teresa once said: Love, to be true, has to hurt. A little child who gives up sugar for three days, loves until it hurts. It hurt God, the Father, to give His Son. It hurt Jesus to love you and me. I think what she was trying to say here is that love demands, love leads to, sacrifice—the complete offering of self for the one you love.
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son...and the world returned this love with a crown of thorns. The sacrificial love with which God loves us and with which He expects us to love Him and others in Him is understood only by those who possess it. The world looks at such love, as it looked at Christ Himself, and calls it foolishness; but, to reply with the words of St. Francis DeSales, “The world holds us to be fools; let us hold it to be mad.” C. S. Lewis once said concerning our Lord, You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
Christ’s life and death, teachings and deeds were far from ordinary; you might say far from normal. That’s because they were all based on the radical love He has for each and everyone of us; and He asks those Who call themselves His followers to love with that same radical love.
You see, Our Lord not only wants us to love and to sacrifice for our friends, He also and especially wants us to love and sacrifice for those who are lost, the sinner. Love and sacrifice for the sinner. Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?…I came not to save the just but the sinner…There will be joy Among the Angels of God over one sinner who does penance. Just look at our Lord’s life! He was always hanging out with the bad crowd: tax collectors, prostitutes, and other sinners. And on the Cross He asked the Heavenly Father to forgive those who crucified Him, and then promised paradise to the repentant Thief! And if Christ did not have a special love for sinners, all of us would be eternally lost. But He came and searched us out, even though we were not really worth all the trouble.
Now this is no easy thing, this loving and sacrificing for the lost sinner; but it’s worth the effort. How many conversions have taken place, how many lost sheep have come back because of the love and sacrifice of a good Catholic!
Take just one example. That of Pope Pius XII, who sacrificed so much to save the Jews of Rome—a fact which is now attested by hundreds maybe even thousands of testimonies. He could have sat back and did nothing; after all, didn’t he already have enough to worry about? But he sacrificed for those lost sheep, and in so doing he gave great glory to God and converted many of them, including the Chief Rabbi of Rome at the time, Israel Zolli, who at Baptism took the name “Eugenio”, Pius XII’s baptismal name, in honor of that pope he admired so much! Love and sacrifice.
God so loved the world that He gave everything, His Only Son. May we show our gratitude to God for His perfect love for us by loving others in turn with that same sacrificial love, and so convert many sinners to Christ.
•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.