May 24, 2019


• 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.

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

The most important person on earth is a mother.  She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral.  She need not.  She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body…The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.  They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven.  Only a human mother can.  Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation…What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this:  to be a mother?

The author of this beautiful praise of mothers, the Venerable Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, the onetime Cardinal Primate of Hungary, notes in his memoirs that, having returned to his diocese in 1945, after being imprisoned by the Nazis only to find his homeland invaded by the Russian troops—after the churches had been ransacked by the communists, women raped, men killed, and the most horrible atrocities known committed—that great cardinal says that, having returned to all this, “The first thing I did was that which was the most natural thing to do, I went to see my mother…”  Yes, I know, Mothers’ Day was 2 weeks ago; but this whole month of May is dedicated to that greatest of mothers, the Mother of us all, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  If, as the saintly cardinal said, it is most natural in times of need to go to one’s mother (and it is), then all the more so when it is a spiritual need we have.  And for this we go to her who is our spiritual Mother.

Ever since that last hour of our Lord’s earthly life, as He hung upon the Cross, when He entrusted His Mother’s physical needs to St. John—Woman, Behold your son—and when He entrusted St. John’s spiritual needs to His Mother—Son, Behold your Mother, ever since then faithful Christians have always been going to that same Most Blessed of Mothers in times of need.  Is this because God does not want us to approach Himself? Isn’t Jesus the “one Mediator between God and man”?

First of all, we can, if we so wish, always go directly to any or all of the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.  And God’s divine authority is in no way insulted when we choose to go to Him through Mary.  Quite the contrary.  Think of a king, or a president, or a pope.  Far from taking anything away from their dignity, going to them through a mediator actually brings out their dignity, their superiority, their authority.  It serves as a reminder that when we approach such persons of importance, we are not dealing with your “average Joe” on the street, but someone of high authority.  So when our Lady stands between us and God, so to speak, this reminds us that, no matter what path of communication we might choose, we ought always to advance with humility and reverence.   

Not only does our Lady not take away from our Lord’s dignity, she is the very means He uses to bring us to Himself.  Just as “the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us” through Mary, just as He chose to come to us through her, so it is through her that He desires us to come to Himself.  She has already given physical birth to the Head of the Mystical Body, and by so doing can already claim the title of “Mother” of all those who follow Christ; in addition she continues to give spiritual birth to us, the members of that same Mystical Body which is the Church, by communicating the graces obtained for us by her Divine Son, the Mediator between God and man.  In the words of St. Augustine:  Mary is indeed the Mother of Christ’s members, that is, of ourselves.  For it is by her work of love that men have been born in the Church, faithful men who are the body of the Head, Whose Mother she was in the flesh.  What a great sign of Christ’s love for us, that already allowing us to be adopted children of His Father, He brings to completion that familial union by allowing us to have the same Mother as He.  

Yes, Christ is the one Mediator between God and man; He is the only One Who could save us, the only One Whose death could destroy death, Whose Resurrection could be the cause of our own.  But our Lord knows, as Cardinal Mindszenty knew, that it is most natural to go to mother.  And so, just as He willed that, the wine having run out at the wedding feast of Cana, the servants of the groom should tell Mary of their need, so our Lord wants us to go to our Mother and tell her of our needs; for not only is she the one who will obtain from Him what we need, she is also the perfect example of how we ought to use those graces.  She is the model of each and every one of us, and the model of the Church as a whole.  

So if, while considering the enemies of the Church, you’re tempted to anger and hatred, handover your passions to Mary, whose own Son was murdered before her very eyes, yet prayed for His persecutors.  If, while considering the present state of the Church, you’re tempted to despair, give your will to Mary, who was there when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles at Pentecost and who continues to be the Mother and personification of the Church.  If it is impurity you’re battling, look at Mary, the purest of God’s creatures, the ever-Virgin.  If it is pride, submit your intellect to Mary, who is the greatest of God’s creatures, and yet called herself the simple handmaid of the Lord.  Such has been the practice of good Christians since the earliest days; hence the words of one of the oldest hymns in honor of our Lady:  Under thy protection we take refuge, O Mother of God.  Do not reject our supplications in times of need, but from all dangers deliver us always, O Blessed and Glorious Virgin.

May God grant us the grace and wisdom to follow the good example of the Venerable Cardinal 
Mindszenty, namely, in times of need, go home to Mother.

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.  
• For the Sturkie Family’s very special intention.
• For the Church.