•This coming week is the last week for seniors. They must take home all of their belongings on Friday, May 19.
•Please make sure you are registered with FACTS by May 20th if you plan to make monthly tuition payments next year. Contact Mrs. Kwon for details.
•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 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.
•Congratulations to Fr. Alan and our baseball team! We are CIF League Champions, with an undefeated league record!
•Our next baseball game, first-round of playoffs, will be announced as soon as we learn from the CIF officials.
During this month of May, a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, one finds many processions and May Crownings taking place in parishes, conferences on our Lady are being held, throughout the world among faithful Catholics Mary is being praised and her virtues extolled. But really, the best way to honor her—the best way to honor anyone—is by imitation. By imitating her we say with our actions that we admire her so much that we wish to be like her. But there seems to be, at first glance at least, a little difficulty with imitating Mary.
When seeking to imitate someone it is only prudent to imitate that which is the person’s noblest trait, that for which the person is most revered by others. How, then, can we rightly imitate the Blessed Virgin, when her most important characteristic—that which not only places her so far above us all but is the very reason why God bestowed upon her all her other perfections—is her divine maternity, the fact that she is the Mother of God? Is there anyone who can imitate this? Isn’t it true that even our Lady did not merit this vocation? She did not merit it, but she did, in a sense, cause it, and of her own free will; and in this way we can, to a degree, imitate the Blessed Mother—not, of course, by taking her place as Mother of God, but by making our own her response to the Heavenly Father, that response which opened the door, as it were, to her greatest and oldest title, the Mother of God.
We all know the story: the Angel Gabriel appears to the Blessed Virgin, she is asked to bear the Savior of the world, the Virgin says Fiat, “Let it be done…,” and this poor Jewish handmaiden becomes the Mother of God. This simple, humble act of obedience was to change forever the course and fate of mankind. Oh powerful Fiat! wrote St. Thomas of Villanova, O efficacious Fiat! O Fiat to be venerated above every other Fiat! For with a fiat God created light, heaven, earth; but with Mary’s fiat God became man.
By faithfully submitting herself to the will of the Father, by placing all her talents at His service, our Lady initiated the downfall of the kingdom of Satan. Think about it. This poor young Virgin played a key role in overthrowing the gates of hell, in bringing Satan to his knees; and she does this by one word: “Fiat.” In her simple “yes” to God’s Holy Will, the Blessed Virgin’s one word brings into the world another Word, the Word Incarnate. Her humble and faithful response to the Master’s command brought God to earth and salvation to all.
St. Thomas teaches us that every good, however good it may be, is rendered better through obedience. Mary’s generous response to the Father’s request is the perfect example of this. As religious, bound by the vow of holy obedience, we have countless opportunities to imitate our Lady—and in her greatest act, countless opportunities to respond Fiat to whatever our Lord asks. But how often do we respond with other words: “What you ask of me is too much.” “I’m too tired.” “That’s not fair.” “My way is better.” “Sr. so-and-so does not do half as much as I do, ask her instead.” The list is endless; and so often they are just another way of saying, Non serviam, “I will not serve”—the words not of our Lady, but of Lucifer. Our life as religious can be modeled either on our Blessed Mother, foreshadowing eternal life in heaven, where the word Fiat is found on the lips of all, or it can be a living hell—one of wailing and grinding of teeth, one full of those words chanted in hell, Non serviam—“I will not serve.”
Thanks be to God our Blessed Mother did not shake off the command of her Divine Master. Where would we be now if the Blessed Virgin’s response to God’s command was not Fiat? Let us pray for the grace at this Holy Mass to imitate our Lady in her most noble act, in her humble act of obedience. And if we cast off all pride and fear, if we imitate Our Lady, if we respond to everything which is asked of us with the word Fiat, then we too will bring the Word into the world and into our hearts; for, as we heard in today’s Gospel, he who does the will of God, in him the Father Son and Holy Spirit will make their abode and live forever. Such has it been with the Blessed Virgin Mary, such may it also be with us.
•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.