•There will be a meeting for all going on the Rome trip this Sunday, November 27, at 7:00 PM, in the St. Norbert classroom.
•Tuition payments for those participating on the 60%/40% plan are due December 1st.
•The yearly Advent Lessons and Carols service will be on Sunday, December 11, at 7:00 PM, in the abbey church. All students are required to attend. A potluck reception will follow. Check your email for reception details.
•The last day of school for the first semester is Friday, December 16. Students will be dismissed after their last exam. For most of them, this means around 12:15 PM or so.
•The annual Alumni BBQ, which often takes place in December, has been moved to early June. More details in the spring.
•The next soccer games are: this Tuesday, at 3:00 PM, at Mary Star High School [501 Westmont Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731]; and this Thursday, at 3:00 PM, at Western Christian.
•The next basketball games are this Tuesday, at 6:00 PM, at St. Margaret’s High School [31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675]; and this Thursday, at 5:30 PM, at Eastside Christian [701 W Valencia Dr. Fullerton, CA 92833].
On this First Sunday of Advent, a time in which we begin to prepare for the joyful Feast of Christmas, our Blessed Lord makes us aware of a not so joyful time, namely His Second Coming at the end of the world. Men shall wither away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. Such a Gospel passage might not exactly seem like the best way to prepare us for Christmas, a cheerful season; but be sure that Holy Mother Church knows what she’s doing by offering us such material for our consideration.
By placing on the first day of Advent a Gospel passage about the Final Judgement we are reminded of just exactly Who it is Who lies in the manger on Christmas Morning. We are reminded that that little Babe Who comes to us in perfect meekness and even helplessness is the same Omnipotent Judge Who will come at the end of time to reward each one according to his deeds. To some He will grant eternal happiness, to others eternal damnation. This little Child will do all that.
So what’s the point? It’s very simple, yet most important: spiritual preparation for Christmas. If we knew that the end of the world was going to take place this December 25, if we knew that on that day Christ would come in all His glory to judge the living and the dead, how would we spend the next few weeks? Probably doing some serious prayer and penance, preparing our hearts to receive our Divine King. In a similar way should we prepare for His coming at Christmas. Remember the liturgical color of Advent is violet, which symbolizes penance and sorrow for sins. In fact, in the early Church Advent used to be 40 days long, and one fasted for the whole season. Our souls can be likened to the filthy stable which needed to be swept out before the Christ Child came to rest in it.
St. Augustine summed it up perfectly: Let us not resist His first coming, he says, that we might not be terrified at His last coming, and again, Let us offer Him humility and love and so confidently await His coming as Judge.
If we prepare well to receive Christ every time He is born, as it were, on the altar at the Consecration, we will be well prepared for His coming at Christmas. And if we prepare well for His coming at Christmas, we will be ready when He comes on the Last Day; and we will rejoice to hear His voice saying not, Depart from Me you accursed, but rather, Well done good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of thy Master.
•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.