“The specific purpose of a Catholic education is the formation of boys and girls who will be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor, and enriching society with the leaven of the Gospel, and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to become saints.” - Gravissimum Educationis
November 1. All Saints Day. What is your connection to the saints? Is it your name? Your parish? Today is a perfect day to stop and consider your connection to the saints. My mother named me, at least my middle name, for her favorite saint, St. Anthony. I still have strong memories of the five of us invoking St. Anthony’s name when trying to find Mom’s car keys, which seemed like an everyday occurrence when I was growing up. Whether you are named for a saint or not, I say we all have the potential to be a saint, or at least to be “saintly.” The above quote, from the Second Vatican Council Declaration on Christian Education in 1965, still holds true today. Saintly behavior is something we strive for ourselves and for our students.
Our society today is in dire need of saintly behavior. While Nelson Mandela may not be an official “saint,” he quite clearly demonstrated saintly behavior. Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” At Cathedral High School, we strive to teach and model the Gospel message of love as shown to us by Jesus. The world has always needed this message, and our time is now.
As we prepare for our Open House on November 8, we are ready to once again put our Holy Cross Values on display for all to see. For 100 years, our love is demonstrated in our values of family, integrity, divine providence and hope. Every day, we open our doors to the new possibilities that lie before us, and this will be especially evident during our Open House. I urge you to bring any potential students to us that evening. I promise you that it will be time very well spent!
Finally, we are closing the book on our fall sports season with some impressive accomplishments! Our girls soccer team won a thrilling state championship on October 27, 1-0! Our boys cross country team finished runners-up in the state finals, our best-ever finish! Also, Cole Hocker ‘19 is the boys cross country individual state champion! Our boys football team defeated our rivals from Roncalli and aim for more. Our athletes consistently “Press on toward the goal,” as St. Paul urged us. As we all press on toward our goals, both on earth and in Heaven, let us invoke the examples of the saints that have gone before us to inspire the actions that lie ahead of us. Peace to you, and Go, Irish!