Called to Greatness

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. – Deuteronomy 10:17

I was listening to a podcast on my drive home from school last week. Half-listening, really, but then the host uttered a sentence that resounded with me -- “You were made for greatness.”

Of course, I have heard this sentiment before, but for some reason, this time it stayed with me. I began reflecting on how the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of the next highlight this reality in a profound way. I also pondered the many wa...

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First Quarter Academic Honors

Honors recipients of the first quarter of 2021-2022 are announced. Read More

What is the most important truth a parent wants his or her child to know?

“We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.” - Romans 6:3

What is the most important truth a parent wants his or her child to know?

As an institution of learning, if there was one idea we strive to successfully teach our students, what would it be?

What is the singular least deniable truth in our shared common humanity?

One day, we will be somewhere else. Now, where is this elsewhere precisely located, or rather, what state of being shall we transce...

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Knights Theater: Announcing Oliver Twist

Question: What is bringing together over 50 students from eleven different grades, has taken two months of daily review to prepare, has received support/donations from more than 6 local businesses, and is helping us achieve our goal of accentuating beauty as a pathway to discover our transcendent purpose?

Answer: MRA Knight’s Theater’s OLIVER TWIST! 

Theater is the unique human exercise wherein the audience, cast, and crew together enter into another world, experience life from a new perspective, and work as a single organism to make something beautiful. Just like the Trinity who exists...

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Become who you are


"But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God." - John 1:12

Become Who You Are

Last month I wrote about a fascinating and mystical saint, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who died in 1968.  Even more recently, however, a  holy and courageous man walked among us.  John Paul II reigned as pope from 1978-2005, and his life was a series of magnificent moments of self-sacrifice and trust in God.

John Paul II was an extraordinary man and a dynamic leader.  He was the most traveled pope in history, truly living the New Evangelization. With a shepherd's hea...

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Science and Truth are on the same team

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge” - Psalm 19:2

One of the fondest but shortest experiences of my life thus far is the time I spent at Camp Fatima. Looking back, I wonder why it even occurred to me that I should go there the summer after my first year teaching here: it was a highly illogical decision. We married in May of 2009 and then I thought it prudent to ask my wife to live at an all boys camp with me for the summer. My poor wife left the comforts of...

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Pray, hope, and don't worry

Pray, hope, and don’t worry.

This Thursday, September 23, the Church remembers a most extraordinary saint, Pio of Pietrelcina, otherwise known as Padre Pio.  Even as a child, Padre Pio had remarkable spiritual experiences; it is said he conversed regularly with his guardian angel, the Blessed Mother, and Jesus!  There are many astounding miracles attributed to Padre Pio, including healings and prophecy. He was also able to read the souls of penitents who would come to him for confession.  If they omitted a sin, he would remind them of it! Although he never left his monastery, San Giovan...

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Parents, Partnership, & Purpose

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1: 46-47

I thought it prudent to follow the lead set forth by Fr. Michael, who in his homily at our opening Mass for the school year reminded students and teachers of three simple things to keep in mind: love God, love neighbor, and love self. 

Simplicity seems to be something so elusive in our society, and lest we let that enter our school community, I suggest at the start of a new school year, we look at three defining elements of our mission:

1. Parents: Parents are primary educators...

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A time for every season

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1

The summer of 2021 hasn’t felt very summer-ish at all.  July was the wettest on record with over 10 inches of rain! But even though the warm, sunny days have been few and far between, it has clearly been summer.  The school buildings are quiet, the classrooms are emptied of furniture, and the woodchucks have been the only inhabitants on the playground.  A relaxed, peaceful summer vibe has pervaded the campus.  Mostly.

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, a lot of hard work has been happening.  Ms. Figu...

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4th Quarter Academic Honors

Announcing the fourth quarter honors recipients. Congratulations to all! Read More