• Thank you to His Excellency, Bishop Vann, for confirming our students!
• Our school’s Spring Concert will be this Sunday, May 19, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom. All are invited.
• Graduation will be on May 27 (Memorial Day), at 7:00 PM, in the abbey courtyard. All students are required to attend.
• The last day of school is May 31.
In today’s reading we are told something which might seem rather odd at first glance, namely, that the Holy Spirit prevented Paul and Barnabas from preaching in the province of Asia. We hear the same thing again in the next line: now the Holy Spirit prevents them from going into Bithynia. Knowing St. Paul, he probably would have converted all of Asia if he had been permitted; but for some reason he had not. We can be sure, with the certainty of faith, that this was not just an overly pious excuse made by St. Paul for his own failure, as when we might sometimes be inclined to exclaim, “Well, it obviously wasn’t God’s will,” when we ourselves failed in something. Because the Holy Spirit is the Principal Author of all of Sacred Scripture, we know that when we read in the Acts that “the Holy Spirit prevented them,” it is God Himself saying, “I was the obstacle to Paul’s plan to visit the province of Asia.” An unabashed confession, you might say, from the Holy Spirit: “I prevented St. Paul. Period.”
If St. Paul had visited those cities, we can be pretty sure, that, all things being equal, he probably would have won some converts—he had a pretty good track record, to put it mildly. But even St. Paul is not the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is in charge. St. Paul and the rest of us are just members of the Mystical Body; the Holy Spirit is the Soul. And not the other way around; and thanks be to God.
“The Spirit blows where He wills.” And His ways are mysterious, and can oftentimes even leave us completely puzzled. But we know for certain that He Who has proceeded from the Father and the Son for all eternity comes down to us for the sole purpose of raising us up, into that blessed and eternal Communion of love. We can be sure that whatever He does is for the good of the Mystical Body.
This would not be the only time in history that the Holy Spirit would bring to a halt what appeared to be a pretty good endeavor: David was not allowed to build the Temple, it would have to wait for Solomon to come along. St. Thomas would never complete his Summa; Newman past to the next life before his great plans for rebuilding the Faith in England were ever realized; St. Benedict had planned to be a hermit; and Pope Benedict, as he once said, “just wanted to be a theologian.”
The Holy Spirit sometimes prevents us in our endeavors because He knows that, though our plans might be good, His are even better. He has the blueprint, and He knows exactly what He is doing. He’s been at it for some time.
And so let us pray today to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who always responded perfectly to the Holy Spirit, that we too might be docile to His inspiration, and allow Him to work in and through us for the building-up of the Mystical Body the Church.
• 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.
• For the Sturkie Family’s very special intention.
• For the Church.