• The next Moms' Prayer Group meeting will be this coming Sunday, May 7, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help Room. The next Dads' Prayer Group meeting will be the following Sunday, May 14, at 7:00 PM.
• The class schedule for next school year will be emailed home sometime in the coming week.
• Bishop Kevin Vann will bestow the sacrament of Confirmation on our students on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 PM. A modest reception will follow in the Perpetual Help and St. Joseph classrooms.
• A group of students will be going to see the Pacific Symphony on Thursday, May 16. Fr. Victor and Mr. Warnisher will be the chaperones. The parents of the students going will be contacted.
• Our school’s Spring Concert will be on 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 case you forgot!).
• Congratulations to Mr. Tomescu on his 20th year here at St. Michael’s (see pictures)!
During this month of May, a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, one often finds things like processions, May Crownings, and other things where the faithful manifest their special devotion to our Lady are being held. Such pious devotions are excellent manifestations of our love for the Blessed Virgin. But really, the best way to honor her—the best way to honor anyone—is by imitation. By imitating our Lady 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 to me according to your word,” 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.
One often hears the question, “How do I know if I am growing in holiness?” Though it is not always easy to know exactly how we stand in God’s eyes, the surest way to pursue sanctity is by imitating our Blessed Mother, imitating her in her complete obedience and acceptance of God’s holy will. The reason for this is that, as St. Thomas says, 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. So the way to becoming a saint is by humbly obeying God in all things: first by obeying His Ten Commandments and the commandments and laws of His Church; then by humbly submitting to whatever He sends your way—good times or bad, sufferings or joys, responding to all with the words of Our Lady, “Let it be done to me as you have said.” If you allow Him, God will sanctify you not only in the midst of your everyday duties, but by means of them.
words: “Lord, what you ask of me is too much.” “That’s not fair.” “My way is better.” 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 Christians 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 God asks of us with the word Fiat, then we too will bring the Word into the world and into our hearts.
Mary Mother of God.
Pray for 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.
• For the Sturkie Family’s very special intention.
• For the Church.