What is the most important thing in the world to you? Other than God and my Faith, my family is number one to me. If you think about it, families are what make or break us as a society; they are the building blocks that hold us up. And when they break or fall, so do the rest of us.
What is making the families break? I think it has a lot to do with electronic devices such as ipods, iphones, tablets, televisions, and the many other gadgets that so many people own. Don’t get me wrong- I don’t think that these devices alone are tearing us apart, but the addictive way people use them. They start to need the devices to function, and their minds get clogged up so they stop thinking straight. These people lose touch with reality; they stop seeing the people and things around them and get distracte...
Good afternoon, Reverend Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Ladies, and Gentlemen. It is my task to welcome you to this year’s commencement exercises.
It is a tradition here at IHM School that our graduation ceremonies are not very long and drawn out. Being a traditionalist and loath ever to change things — especially good things — I shall do my part to retain our customary brevity.
The fourth-century Bishop of Barcelona and Father of the Church, Saint Pacian, famously wrote these words in his first Epistle to Sympronian: Christianus mihi nomen est, catholicus vero cognomen — “Christian is my name; Catholic is my surname.” (“Surname,” is the equivalent to our “family name,” or “last name.”) In the context, Saint Pacian was defending the use of the...
Good morning, Father Philipson, Father Smith, Sister Marie Therese, Sister Mary Perpetua, Mom, Dad, faculty, family, friends, and all of you who will be here for this lengthy ceremony, trapped in formal decorum, and no doubt contemplating the quickest escape routes and nearest exits. I promise I will keep this brief.
When I sat down to write this speech, I sat there staring at the words “when I sat down to write this speech” for about twenty minutes before I actually wrote anything of substance. My mind was wandering and just thinking about my time at IHM, and I realized that I have spent the majority of my life attending this school. The idea of leaving this place, as much as it drove me crazy at times, is really scary. Since first grade, I have known exactly what my life would be like fr...
These years of high school have been a challenge, but I was able to persevere, and now here I am graduating from Immaculate Heart of Mary School. I would like to thank all of my teachers who spent hours teaching me to help me become a better person and to help increase my knowledge in life.
First of all, I would like to thank my parents for bring me up properly […] in the Catholic Faith and always being there for me—to help me with my homework, to provide food, clothing, and a house to live in, as well as all the love and care they have given me all my life.
I would like to thank Father Charles DeMascola for giving our family financial aid to pay for my education as well as being our priest and pastor.
I would like to thank Father Smith for coming out all the way from Wisconsin to be our gue...
There are so many problems and evils in the world today it almost seems hopeless! When we find ourselves looking for a reason to keep going, we should be able to find much encouragement in looking at what we are actually doing in the light of the message of Fatima.
Our Blessed Mother promised that her Immaculate Heart would triumph. The one-hundredth anniversary of Fatima is just around the corner in 2017. We are feeling pressed by enemies of the Faith and punishments from God in many areas, including the economy. Here at IHM School, we are also feeling intensely pressured by both spiritual and material evils. Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, the "doctor" of True Devotion, gives ten points of practical wisdom for those who want to love the Eternal Wisdom (found in his bo...
"At Alcala in Spain, the holy martyrs Justus and Pastor, brothers. While they were yet schoolboys, they threw aside their books in school, and spontaneously ran to martyrdom. By order of the governor Dacian, they were arrested, beaten with rods,
and as they exhorted each other to constancy, were led out of the city, and had their throats cut by the executioner."
I know plenty of students who would joyously throw aside their school books, but I don't know how many would then hasten to martyrdom! On the other hand, with school starting on Tuesday, students may feel that they are hastening to their books AND martyrdom. If they remember to say their morning offering, nothing of their sacrifice will get lost.
When I look at the beautiful children in our school, I see only two types of people: those who will become fathers and those who will become mothers. Not that they will all follow a married vocation!
Our poor unhappy world is desperately in need of fathers and mothers in every state in life. Since there are many articles, speeches and books written on the need for good fathers in our culture today, and I have so little time and space to write, I will limit myself to what I am more qualified by nature to address: the perfection of beauty in creation called "mother".
Perhaps because I am a woman and have a perspective unique to my gender, I am seeing, at every level of community and in every state in life, the desperate need for mothers. Here are a few thoughts for you, which I will jus...
It has been a long tradition at Saint Benedict Center to study the saints -- not only their individual lives but also groups of saints by theme.
How many canonized doctors are there? How many brother-and-sister (sibling) saints are there? Name the canonized foundresses of religious orders. Name the boy saints who died under the age of twenty.
Such trivia teaches us about the lives of our Catholic heroes. We get to know them and love them by way of a game.
So, the game for today is: Find the saint who died at your age. Learn something new about your saint-for-the-year. Befriend your saint and ask him (or her) for special help and favors. You only have one year in which to make the most of this special patron before you will be on to a new one. Don't waste your big chance!
One of the students’ assignments was to pick two quotes to memorize; then, each quote was taken and elaborated on, with each student giving extended meanings and metaphors. While you can read more on our Web site, I wanted to share with you one student's submission (slightly edited to reduce the possibility of this newletter getting bounced as spam--the replaced words are in brackets).
“ ‘ Since then, at an uncertain hour, That agony returns: And till my ghastly tale is told, This heart within me burns.’ (lines 582-585)
“There are many different ways that people are drawn or attracted to others. Physical attraction is probably what most people would think of first, but that’s not really the kind of attraction I am referring to. Pain attracts individuals to each other. I am thinking of this...
At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, memory items play an important part in all our subjects.
Brother Francis, who taught for more than eighty years, used to describe memory items as the structure—the framing—of a house. Once you have the framework up, you can fill the building in, hanging all kinds of interesting information for walls, ceilings, windows, etc. But how can you hang drywall without studs?
I have taught at IHM for fifteen years (in all the grades, although I am now teaching high school level subjects), and one time in Religion Class I had a junior-high student who balked at memorizing her catechism.
This young lady was having a hard time with remembering the exact wording of certain key questions and she asked: “Why do I have to memorize this? I know what is true.”