• This Sunday, October 14, we will have a guest speaker, Dr. Peter Kleponis, come and talk to our students and dads on the dangers of pornography. The meeting is required of all students and will begin at 7:00 PM. We heartedly encourage all dads to be present as well.
• First Quarter Oral Exams are October 16-19. Students are encouraged to study; parents are encouraged to pray! Report cards will be emailed home October 24.
• The next football game is: Thursday, October 18, at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s.
• The next cross country meet is: Friday or Saturday, October 19/20, at Mt. SAC.
White lies matter. No, that’s not the name of a new club at St. Michael’s. White lies matter. Rather, it can serve as a summary for the life of today’s saint. We celebrate on October 9 the Feast of Bl. Peter Adrian Toulorge, a Norbertine saint and martyr.
There’s probably no priest alive who has not at one time or another heard someone say, “I told a lie, but it was just a ‘white lie.’” And many of us have even been asked, “Father, is a white lie even a sin?” Yes, it is. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no; anything else is from the devil, says our Lord.
Bl. Peter Adrian’s nickname is “Martyr of the Truth.” “Martyr for the Truth” would probably sound better grammatically, but both are accurate titles: he certainly died for the truth, and yet one can say that he is also a “Martyr of the Truth” since, in a certain sense, it was the truth that killed him.
See, Bl. Peter Adrian lived during the time of the French Revolution. In August of 1792 he fled to England, thinking that a particular new law pertained to him. The new law said that any Catholic priest who performs an office publicly was to be condemned to deportation. He in fact had not been performing any public priestly acts, so he would have been allowed to remain in France. After 5 weeks or so in England he learned of his mistake and decided to return to France. But now he was faced with another law that said that anyone who had fled from and subsequently returned to France was to be put to death. Bl. Peter Adrian decided to stay in France and secretly function as a priest, risking his life to bring other faithful Catholics the sacraments.
Eventually he was caught. When the judge asked him if he had ever fled the country before, Bl. Peter Adrian told a lie. “Nope,” he said, “I did not flee the country.” He did not deny the Faith; he just said that he never left the country. He was free. His conscience, however, was not: Let your yes be yes, and your no be no; anything else is from the devil. So, the next morning he went back and told the truth, the whole truth, knowing that ultimately he was being persecuted for being a priest. Now, interestingly enough, the judge of his case was a pretty easy-going guy and no big fan of the Reign of Terror, and so was even trying to help Peter Adrian maneuver safely through the trial and be declared innocent. Some of the other magistrates present told him to just be quiet and not answer the questions. In the end, all he had to do was just tell one little lie and he would be able to live the rest of his life in France. Peter Adrian preferred to tell the truth instead and live forever in his true homeland of heaven. The court pronounced him guilty and he was led to the guillotine the next day, October 13, 1793. One little lie could have spared his life; one little truth opened for him the gate to heaven.
God makes salvation so easy for us; but so often we can have such a shallow love for God that we make it difficult. “What can I get away with?” or “What’s the bare minimum that I have to do to get to heaven?” is often the we way approach our relationship with God. And because of that, everything seems like a burden, even something as easy as telling the truth. The saints, on the other hand, love God so much that they see any good act as easy, and even the smallest sin an intolerable obstacle between themselves and God. All God asked Bl. Peter Adrian to do was
to tell the truth—that’s it; and He rewarded him with heaven.
May Bl. Peter Adrian intercede for us, that we might have such a great love for God, that we allow nothing to stand in our way on our road to heaven, and that, when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, even things seemingly insignificant as white lies matter
• For the repose of Peter Gyben (Class of 1972), who recently died a sudden death.
• For our Church and our country.
• 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.