October 20, 2018


• Congratulations to our students on their completion of the first quarter oral exam! Report cards will be emailed home on Wednesday.
• This Sunday, October 21, at 7:00 PM, is the next Dads’ Prayer Group Meeting in the Perpetual Help classroom.  All dads are welcome.
• The senior class will be attending the showing of a Pro-Life Film this Tuesday.


• Congratulations to our football team on their recent victory! The next football game is: Friday, October 26, at 3:15 PM, at Rolling Hills Preparatory [1 Rolling Hills Prep Way, San Pedro, CA 90732].
• The next cross country team meet is:  Wednesday, October 24, at 2:00 PM, on Catalina Island (only those runners who are not in Art or Choir class will be going that day).


Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.

These are the words taken from the Holy Gospel.  They were spoken by Jesus Christ.  They are God’s own words.

If you wanted to plant an apple tree, you would put an apple seed into the ground.  You would then water it, make sure it got plenty of sunlight, pull the weeds out, and so on—in other words, you would do all the things needed for an apple seed to grow into a healthy apple tree; not to do so would mean bringing about the death or sever de-formation of your apple tree.

Now, you never would have planted the apple seed in the first place had you not wanted an apple tree.  That would be foolish.  Everyone knows that the whole point of planting an apple seed is so that you might have the apple tree.  The whole reason why an apple seed exists in the first place is because it is the very first stage of a future apple tree.  Why plant the seed if you do not want the tree? God has created the apple seed specifically so that it might grow into a tree.  
Out of love for us God the Creator has allowed us to take part in His creative process, in a sense, by planting apple seeds.  To take that apple seed and use it for something else (to not put it into the ground) would clearly mean violating God’s work—and not just any work, but the sacred work of creation, in which work He has allowed you to participate.

Now, there’s nothing wrong in taking great pleasure in planting the apple seed.  If no one found pleasure in planting apple seeds, we probably would not have very many, if any, apple trees.  So it’s o.k., and even good if you find pleasure in planting apple seeds; but you cannot deny—no matter how hard some might try—indeed, only a complete fool would even try to deny that all apple seeds are planted with at least the possibility of, the openness to the life of 
an apple tree.

Now, don’t forget what was said at the beginning:  namely, once your apple tree starts to grow, you cannot abandon it and stop giving it all it needs.  An apple tree needs both sun and water—a mother and a father, if you will, otherwise you will have a badly-formed tree, rotten apples.  There are many rotten apples today because many trees (by no fault of their own) did not 
receive the loving care they needed to turn into a mature, healthy tree.  Thanks be to God, there are some trees, which, despite the lack of proper care, have grown into healthy mature trees; but many of them had to struggle very much to get to that point; and it’s not right that they should have had to do so.

And it’s o.k. to have more than 2.5 apple trees in your backyard.  Sure, it might cost more to keep them alive; but each one gives glory to God; and this pleases God very much, that you have cooperated correctly in His creative process—that’s why He gave you the seed and the pleasure in planting the seed in the first place—why else would He have done that?  And each tree will bear much fruit which you can enjoy later in your old age.

Welcome to Biology 101.  This is all written in nature.  You cannot change it; I cannot change it; the pope cannot change it; no one can change it.  It is the way God made the world.  It is His law; it is, after all, His creation.  We just share in the process.  …What God has joined together, no human being must separate.  This is written in nature; it is common sense; anyone can figure it out; man and women have been figuring it out as long as they have existed—long before there were papal synods…


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.