•There will be a meeting offered by our school’s College Counselor, Mr. Nicholas Hanson, for all seniors and their parents this Sunday, September 17, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom. Juniors and their parents might also want to attend. All other students and their parents are welcome to attend, if they wish. The meeting will be about applying to colleges.
• The Abbey/School Gala is Saturday, September 23, 2017. See the abbey website for more details.
•Looking ahead: The school’s first Parent-Teacher Conferences are on Sunday, October 1. All students and parents (who do not live out of town) are required to attend. More information to come.
•The all-school photo and senior class photo will be taken this Thursday afternoon. The individual student photos taken last week will be emailed home soon.
•Congratulations to senior Thomas Goodwin, who was recently named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!
•Those who received First Honors for the 4th quarter last year will be taken out for an evening of recreation this Thursday. Congratulations to our First Honor Students!
John Esser, Leighton Frater, Thomas Goodwin, Daniel Johnson, Pablo Leiva, Lucas Lopez, Justin Ng, Anthony Nguyen, Luke Nguyen, Vincent Nguyen, Alexander Pham, Peter Pham, Luke Smith, Jonathan Sturkie, Daniel Trainor, Amaru Vasquez, Joseph Verburg, Attila Vodnak, Franklin Watkins.
•Congratulations to cross country team member, Lucas Lopez, for recently receiving a bronze medal in the Laguna Hills Invitational!
•The next cross country meet is: Tuesday, September 19, at Webb School [1175 W Baseline Rd, Claremont, CA 91711].
•Congratulations to our football team on their recent victory, 28-26!
•The next football game is: * Updated Friday, September 22, at Damien High School:
2280 Damien Ave, La Verne, CA 91750 at 7:00 PM.
And the people of Capernaum were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word?” For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits!”
For a young child, the voice of a parent usually brings about feelings of calm, love and security. At a young age, all of our fears and anxieties were able to be conquered with a simple yet calming word from our mom or dad. However, when we grew up a bit and would do something wrong or get bad grades, that same voice that once brought about peace is able to bring about fear and possibly trembling which is rooted in the power and authority which properly belongs to a parent as parent. Similar situations or circumstances might occur, for us in the sanctuary, with our superiors or, for you students in the nave, with the headmaster or one of the deans.
In the Gospel, the people of Capernaum were amazed at our Lord because He casts out the demon from the man in the synagogue through a single command: “Come out of him!” and it departs. Here is Jesus, the son of Joseph a mere carpenter and He speaks with such authority, as if He has complete power over the entire spiritual realm. This miraculous cure of our Lord was especially surprising because, in the time of the New Testament, exorcisms were a long process which would consist in using odorous roots and herbs and reciting long incantations. Thus, those who witnessed the casting out of the demon were left in awe of Jesus, pondering on His true identity and on the power of His word.
We, like our Lord, are able to wield great power through our words, whether we be religious, parents or students. And we have the choice whether our words bear good or bad fruit, whether they’re helpful or harmful. As one confrere once preached from this very pulpit, “murmuring (and I might add gossiping) are poisons for community life,” and, while he spoke on that day specifically about religious life, it is equally true for life in a family and life in the dorms. With each murmur and each piece of gossip, we weaken and tear down the bonds of trust and charity which must be the foundations of any community. Then, rather than being ‘one heart and one mind in God,’ we become a house divided and the seeds of anger and distrust start to take root.
If, however, we use our words for good, supporting, trusting and forgiving each other in charity, then our little communities begin to look much more like a family rooted in Christ and we begin to fulfill the apostle’s admonition from the end of today’s first reading: to “encourage one another and build one another up.”
But by whose authority do we speak? From whose power do our words take effect? We speak with the authority of God, for we are brothers and sisters of Christ and sons and daughters of God. And Christ Himself gives us the example that we can follow; for He encouraged and taught His disciples throughout His active ministry, served them to the point of washing their feet at the Last Supper and forgave them when they abandoned Him in His moment of agony.
Thus, as the apostles says in another place, let us put on our Lord Jesus Christ and strive to build one another up in love and so live “one heart and one mind in God.”
•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.