October 11, 2019

Announcements

• This Sunday, October 13, at 7:00 PM, will be the next meeting of the Moms’ Prayer Group.  All moms are welcome to come and pray in the Perpetual Help classroom.
• First Quarter Oral exams are this week (October 15-18).  Students are encouraged to study, parents are encouraged to pray!
• This Thursday (October 17) Fr. Victor and another adult chaperone will be taking some students to the Pacific Symphony.  The parents of those students will be informed by email.  Tickets are $18.
• On October 24, at 2:00 PM, the Traditional Latin Mass Server Club will have a Mass at St. John the Baptist Parish.  Fr. Victor will be the celebrant.  All are welcome.

Athletics

Congratulations to our cross country team on their recent success! The next cross country meet is:  Friday, October 25, at 12:30 PM, at Mt. San Antonio College [1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA 91789].
Congratulations to our football team on their recent success! The next football game (after this Saturday’s game) is Thursday, October 17, at 3:15 PM, at St. Michael’s.

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

A simple thought about some simple creatures:

If anyone has ever had to walk by himself at night through the city streets of LA or Chicago, he knows what it feels like to want to have someone near in time of danger.  If we ourselves were in such a situation we would certainly wish for some sort of bodyguard and continually implore his protection.  The valley of tears through which we all must walk is far more perilous than any city street, the enemies far more powerful, and they are not after our wallets but our souls.  That is why God has given us the most powerful bodyguards, the angels.   

It’s too bad that the angels often get such a bad rap from us humans.  Even the most lapse Christian will believe in demons, but the angels are all too often looked upon as chubby baby faced cartoon-like creatures, the figment of a child’s imagination.  In fact, the angels are far more powerful than the demons and far more numerous.  If the demons are so numerous that they would block out all sunlight if they had physical bodies, as we heard recently in a sermon; and if they are only one-third of the angels; then just imagine how many angels there are!

We believing Catholics are very much amazed at the stories from the lives of saints like St. Pio, St. John Vianney, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Margaret of Cortona, all of whom had had daily visible contact with their guardian angels; and yet, our own angels are no less active in our lives even though we do not see them.  In fact, one of the reasons God allowed these saints to see their angels was so that the rest of us would never doubt their existence and always seek their assistance.    

Think about it, who else has been with you so long, who else has been by your side at every moment since your birth?  How many of us have friends, maybe even family members who have deserted us—especially since we decided to enter religious life.  But our guardian angel has been faithful through it all—in fact, we can be sure that he is the one friend who supported us in our vocation the most! Then why do we so often neglect him.  It would be bad manners and even uncharitable to ignore someone who entered a room and wished to converse with us; and yet that is what we often do to this most faithful of friends, our strongest bodyguard, handpicked by God to be our companion as long as we walk this earth.  

Develop a loving relationship with your guardian angel.  Thank him daily for his fidelity and protection.  Confide in him, ask him for help in everything, even the trivial material things—like when you can’t remember something, or are having trouble carrying out some job, or when you’re lonely, or sad, or happy.  Isn’t that the way we relate to a friend?  

Someday, someday soon we will leave this life and our angel will lead us forth to the next.  How embarrassing it would be, to put it mildly, if at that moment we greet our guardian angel for the first time.

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.