•Graduation Day is this Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day), at 7:00 PM, in the abbey courtyard. All are welcome to attend; all students are required to attend.
•Please check out the great work Mr. Hanson, our College Counselor, has done in creating a special site for college counseling:http://https://stmichaelsprep.wixsite.com/counselingcenter
•Students are dismissed for summer break on Friday, June 1, at 11:00 AM or so (depending on how quickly they can clean their rooms).
•Report cards will be emailed home by June 8, if not sooner.
Sermon by a Norbertine Priest
Today, on this first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, honoring God in a special way, recalling that He is one God and Three Divine Persons, Father Son and Holy Spirit. This is the greatest, the most awesome mystery of our Faith, because it is God Himself we are talking about. The Blessed Trinity is also the most mysterious mystery of our Faith; it is the most difficult to grasp. In fact, like other supernatural mysteries, it is impossible to understand perfectly, even in heaven; and that is because by Its very nature the Trinity infinitely surpasses our human minds.
Now one may be tempted to frustration or even despair in the face of such a towering mystery. “What good is it all,” one might say, “if God is so beyond us, so ‘out-there’ that we cannot even understand Him? One God, Three Persons? It all sounds so confusing and cold. I thought God wanted us to know and love Him.” Well, the fact is, this most wonderful mystery of God Himself, is closer to us, more within our grasp, so to speak, than we think.
Jesus, the Son, said, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our abode in him…and…the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him…, you know Him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. At the moment of your Baptism, when you receive the fruits of Christ’s Redemption, namely the removal of original sin and the infusion of sanctifying grace, at that moment the Most Blessed Trinity, God Himself, “takes up His abode” in you, begins really and truly to dwell within your soul. And the Father Son and Holy Spirit remain there as long as you remain in the state of grace and free form mortal sin. This God, so distant in a sense because He is so much greater than us, becomes closer to us than our most trusted friend and closest loved one. We become temples of the Holy Spirit, indeed temples of all Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity. This is called the Divine Indwelling of the Blessed Trinity.
“But,” one might object, “what’s the big deal? Isn’t God already present in all of His creation, from the rock to the worm?” God is present, in a sense, in all of His creation by the fact that He created it and sustains it; but through the Divine Indwelling, God dwells in us in an intimate manner, whereby we can know and love Him as the Spouse of our soul. This no rock or worm can do. He can even be experienced, and has been experienced by many, through prayer and contemplation. And, it is fair to say, that this experience of God in the depths of one’s soul is a foretaste of heaven itself, where we will possess God as perfectly as our souls can. This is the very goal of our existence, perfect possession of God, and it starts here below with the indwelling of the Trinity in our souls.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite Sister who lived in the 19th century, once wrote: We carry our heaven within us, since He Who completely satisfies every longing of the glorified souls in heaven is giving Himself to us now in faith and mystery. It is the same thing. It seems to me that I have found my heaven on earth, since heaven is God and God is in my soul. God is in our souls! We ought to meditate on this fact everyday. If we did, we would see ourselves avoiding sin at all costs and growing in holiness in leaps in bounds. God is in our souls!
Yes, it is true, we cannot perfectly understand the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. We can study years and years of theology and still come up short with only a little understanding of a great mystery. But we believe in the Trinity because God has revealed It, has revealed this mystery of Himself, and we know that He does not lie. And once we believe in Him and love Him, He unites Himself to us in the depths of our souls, Father Son and Holy Spirit, where we begin an intimate relationship with the Blessed Trinity which lasts for all eternity.
The best and only way to get to know the Blessed Trinity is to believe, to love and to pray; He is there in your soul waiting for you. God in me; I in him: let this be our motto, writes Blessed Elizabeth. What a joyous mystery is the presence of God within us, in this intimate sanctuary of our souls, where we can always find Him even though we may have no sensible feeling of His presence. But He is there, all the same. Perhaps He is even closer when we feel His presence least.
•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 repose of Mr. David Budinger, a longtime benefactor of St. Michael’s Preparatory who died suddenly of a heart attack this past week in New York City.