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  • April 13 - Dr. Jamie Brummer

    Monday, April 13 
    Closing Reflection 
     
     
    Forty days ago none of us could have predicted where this Lenten journey would take us. Back then, if someone brought up the idea of sacrifice, we probably would have thought about giving up chocolate, or trying to gossip less, or maybe completing household chores without complaining. 
      
    What a difference forty days can make. 
      
    This Lenten season has forced us to experience sacrifice and denial like no other. What could easily remain conceptual and abstract has become strikingly real . . . for every single person on the planet. It has become impossible to ignore the medical, economic, and social impact of this pandemic. The word most frequently invoked to try to grasp this new reality is unprecedented. 
      
    The truth, of course, is there is precedent for our experience - for the pain, and anxiety, and fear that can consume us. Jesus experienced his own forty-day journey into the desert. Like us, he suffered and was tempted to give up. But the ultimate lesson of Lent isn't suffering, or loneliness, or want. It's not Jesus' death nor the darkness of the tomb that Lent is about. The ultimate lesson of Lent is hope. Lent leads us to Easter and Easter is about love, laughter, and the light of new life. Life conquering over death is what we celebrate. 
      
    We want to thank you for taking this Lenten journey with us. Your accompaniment, your prayers, and your spirit have buoyed ours at every step. We hold you in our prayers every day and we look forward to the time when we can once again welcome you and your sons to CBHS to experience a bit of the eternal hope, love, and light that Easter promises us all. 
      
    May God Bless and Keep You. 
      
    St. John Baptist de La Salle - Pray for Us! 
    Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever! 
     
     
    Dr. Jamie Brummer 
    Associate Principal for Instruction 
  • April 12 - Msgr. John B. McArthur '66

    Easter Sunday, April 12 
    John 20:1-9 
     
     
    On the first day of the week, 
    Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, 
    while it was still dark, 
    and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 
    So she ran and went to Simon Peter 
    and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, 
    "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, 
    and we don't know where they put him." 
    So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 
    They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 
    and arrived at the tomb first; 
    he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 
    When Simon Peter arrived after him, 
    he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 
    and the cloth that had covered his head, 
    not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 
    Then the other disciple also went in, 
    the one who had arrived at the tomb first, 
    and he saw and believed. 
    For they did not yet understand the Scripture 
    that he had to rise from the dead. 
     
     
     
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    Reflection 
      
    Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! 
     
     
    In his southern accent, Gomer Pyle would innocently proclaim this message to the people of Mayberry when the unusual happened. 
      
    Mary of Magdalene journeyed in darkness to visit the grave of her beloved Jesus. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! The stone had been removed. 
    At first, she didn't understand the meaning of the surprise. She ran to Peter and the disciples and said "they have taken the Lord. " Later, the Lord appeared to them and death and life changed forever. He is not dead. He is alive. Death has been conquered. 
      
    As believers in Jesus, we are not immune from the darkness that Mary knew and that Jesus experienced in life and in the tomb.  Like Mary Magdalene, we fear each day that reminds us that sin, evil, hatred, crime, conflicts, sadness, violence and death are realities.  
     
     
    The Coronavirus is one such awful example to remind us of our mortality.  We hopefully listen to the sane voices of medical professionals and not those who worry about their own interests.  
      
    In our darkness, we have the Word of God, the Eucharist and the goodness of people. The risen Lord is present in so many beautiful ways. He said, "I will be with you at all times. " Even at the end of this life when we, like Jesus, must be entombed, there is hope.  We believe and we will be raised to see and know His light eternally. 
      
    Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! 
    Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. 
     
     
     
     
    Msgr. John B. McArthur '66 
    CBHS Chaplain 
  • April 11 - Brother Matthew Kotek, FSC

    Holy Saturday, April 11
    Matthew 28:1-10
     
    After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
    Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
    And behold, there was a great earthquake;
    for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
    approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
    His appearance was like lightning
    and his clothing was white as snow.
    The guards were shaken with fear of him
    and became like dead men.
    Then the angel said to the women in reply,
    "Do not be afraid!
    I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
    He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
    Come and see the place where he lay.
    Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
    'He has been raised from the dead,
    and he is going before you to Galilee;
    there you will see him.'
    Behold, I have told you."
    Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
    fearful yet overjoyed,
    and ran to announce this to his disciples.
    And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
    They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
    Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.
    Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
    and there they will see me."
     
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    Reflection
     
    "He is not here, for he has been raised..."

    As I read this passage, I'm reminded that Jesus did not fear His own death on the cross, because He knew that He would live and we see in this passage that, indeed, He has been raised. Likewise, as we end this Holy Week of the Lord's passion, death, and resurrection, we too are called to not live in fear, but rather live life to its fullest.  
     
    Even as we continue to adjust to our new reality of sheltering in place, let us not forget the importance of keeping our relationships with others alive. As Christians we are called to bring the Good News to all those whom we encounter. Now more than ever, we are called to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need during this difficult time. Give an old friend you haven't seen in awhile a phone call, check in on a neighbor who may be suffering from loneliness, and support your family--give each other some slack.  
     
    Just as the risen Jesus continues to accompany each and every one of us, we can be like Him in our accompaniment of others. Though fear and anxiety seem to be rampant these days, we remember that true joy, the joy of the Gospel message shared through our own words and actions, is truly contagious--sharing this joy with one another will help remind us of the goodness of humanity! 
     
    Brother Matthew Kotek, FSC
    CBHS Faculty
  • April 10 - Fr. Jim Martell

    Good Friday, April 10 
    John 18:1-19:42 
     
     
    Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley 
    to where there was a garden, 
    into which he and his disciples entered. 
    Judas his betrayer also knew the place, 
    because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 
    So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards 
    from the chief priests and the Pharisees 
    and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 
    Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, 
    went out and said to them, "Whom are you looking for?" 
    They answered him, "Jesus the Nazorean." 
    He said to them, "I AM." 
    Judas his betrayer was also with them. 
    When he said to them, "I AM, " 
    they turned away and fell to the ground. 
    So he again asked them, 
    "Whom are you looking for?" 
    They said, "Jesus the Nazorean." 
    Jesus answered, 
    "I told you that I AM. 
    So if you are looking for me, let these men go." 
    This was to fulfill what he had said, 
    "I have not lost any of those you gave me." 
    Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, 
    struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. 
    The slave's name was Malchus. 
    Jesus said to Peter, 
    "Put your sword into its scabbard. 
    Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?" 
    So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus, 
    bound him, and brought him to Annas first. 
    He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, 
    who was high priest that year. 
    It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews 
    that it was better that one man should die rather than the people. 
    Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. 
    Now the other disciple was known to the high priest, 
    and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus. 
    But Peter stood at the gate outside. 
    So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest, 
     
    went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in. 
    Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter, 
    "You are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" 
    He said, "I am not." 
    Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire 
    that they had made, because it was cold, 
    and were warming themselves. 
    Peter was also standing there keeping warm. 
    The high priest questioned Jesus 
    about his disciples and about his doctrine. 
    Jesus answered him, 
    "I have spoken publicly to the world. 
    I have always taught in a synagogue 
    or in the temple area where all the Jews gather, 
    and in secret I have said nothing.  Why ask me? 
    Ask those who heard me what I said to them. 
    They know what I said." 
    When he had said this, 
    one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said, 
    "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" 
    Jesus answered him, 
    "If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; 
    but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?" 
    Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 
    Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm. 
    And they said to him, 
    "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" 
    He denied it and said, 
    "I am not." 
    One of the slaves of the high priest, 
    a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said, 
    "Didn't I see you in the garden with him?" 
    Again Peter denied it. 
    And immediately the cock crowed. 
    Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium. 
    It was morning. 
    And they themselves did not enter the praetorium, 
    in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover. 
    So Pilate came out to them and said, 
    "What charge do you bring against this man?" 
    They answered and said to him, 
    "If he were not a criminal, 
    we would not have handed him over to you." 
    At this, Pilate said to them, 
    "Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law." 
    The Jews answered him, 
    "We do not have the right to execute anyone, " 
     
    in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled 
    that he said indicating the kind of death he would die. 
    So Pilate went back into the praetorium 
    and summoned Jesus and said to him, 
    "Are you the King of the Jews?" 
    Jesus answered, 
    "Do you say this on your own 
    or have others told you about me?" 
    Pilate answered, 
    "I am not a Jew, am I? 
    Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. 
    What have you done?" 
    Jesus answered, 
    "My kingdom does not belong to this world. 
    If my kingdom did belong to this world, 
    my attendants would be fighting 
    to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. 
    But as it is, my kingdom is not here." 
    So Pilate said to him, 
    "Then you are a king?" 
    Jesus answered, 
    "You say I am a king. 
    For this I was born and for this I came into the world, 
    to testify to the truth. 
    Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." 
    Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" 
    When he had said this, 
    he again went out to the Jews and said to them, 
    "I find no guilt in him. 
    But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover. 
    Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?" 
    They cried out again, 
    "Not this one but Barabbas!" 
    Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. 
    Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. 
    And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, 
    and clothed him in a purple cloak, 
    and they came to him and said, 
    "Hail, King of the Jews!" 
    And they struck him repeatedly. 
    Once more Pilate went out and said to them, 
    "Look, I am bringing him out to you, 
    so that you may know that I find no guilt in him." 
    So Jesus came out, 
    wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. 
    And he said to them, "Behold, the man!" 
    When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, 
    "Crucify him, crucify him!" 
     
    Pilate said to them, 
    "Take him yourselves and crucify him. 
    I find no guilt in him." 
    The Jews answered, 
    "We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die, 
    because he made himself the Son of God." 
    Now when Pilate heard this statement, 
    he became even more afraid, 
    and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus, 
    "Where are you from?" 
    Jesus did not answer him. 
    So Pilate said to him, 
    "Do you not speak to me? 
    Do you not know that I have power to release you 
    and I have power to crucify you?" 
    Jesus answered him, 
    "You would have no power over me 
    if it had not been given to you from above. 
    For this reason the one who handed me over to you 
    has the greater sin." 
    Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out, 
    "If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar. 
    Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar." 
    When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out 
    and seated him on the judge's bench 
    in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 
    It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon. 
    And he said to the Jews, 
    "Behold, your king!" 
    They cried out, 
    "Take him away, take him away!  Crucify him!" 
    Pilate said to them, 
    "Shall I crucify your king?" 
    The chief priests answered, 
    "We have no king but Caesar." 
    Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. 
    So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, 
    he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, 
    in Hebrew, Golgotha. 
    There they crucified him, and with him two others, 
    one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. 
    Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. 
    It read, 
    "Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews." 
    Now many of the Jews read this inscription, 
    because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; 
    and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 
    So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, 
    "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' 
    but that he said, 'I am the King of the Jews'." 
    Pilate answered, 
    "What I have written, I have written." 
    When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, 
    they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, 
    a share for each soldier. 
    They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, 
    woven in one piece from the top down. 
    So they said to one another, 
    "Let's not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be, " 
    in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says: 
    They divided my garments among them, 
    and for my vesture they cast lots. 
    This is what the soldiers did. 
    Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother 
    and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, 
    and Mary of Magdala. 
    When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved 
    he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." 
    Then he said to the disciple, 
    "Behold, your mother." 
    And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. 
    After this, aware that everything was now finished, 
    in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, 
    Jesus said, "I thirst." 
    There was a vessel filled with common wine. 
    So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop 
    and put it up to his mouth. 
    When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, 
    "It is finished." 
    And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. 
    Now since it was preparation day, 
    in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, 
    for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, 
    the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken 
    and that they be taken down. 
    So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first 
    and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. 
    But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, 
    they did not break his legs, 
    but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, 
    and immediately blood and water flowed out. 
    An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; 
    he knows that he is speaking the truth, 
    so that you also may come to believe. 
    For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled: 
    Not a bone of it will be broken. 
    And again another passage says: 
    They will look upon him whom they have pierced. 
    After this, Joseph of Arimathea, 
    secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, 
    asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. 
    And Pilate permitted it. 
    So he came and took his body. 
    Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, 
    also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes 
    weighing about one hundred pounds. 
    They took the body of Jesus 
    and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, 
    according to the Jewish burial custom. 
    Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, 
    and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. 
    So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; 
    for the tomb was close by. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Reflection 
      
    Blessed Good Friday to all!  In the Gospel the plot not only deepens but spills over.  If you notice that when the soldiers, and the chief priests, and the Pharisees, and Judas come to arrest Jesus, he is cool as a cucumber.  He is not frightened or nervous but is in control.  When it gets physical and Peter cuts the high priest servant's ear off and tensions get high, Jesus is the one who is giving the commands to everyone and is saying "Stop, no more of this."  He calms the situation as no one else could by touching the ear of the servant and healing his ear (Luke 22:51). 
      
    To show further Jesus Christ, our Savior and God being in full control, we see Pilate becomes the Judge at Jesus trail.  Pilate tries to interrogate Jesus with questions but Jesus is the one who turns the table on Pilate by being the one who starts asking questions.  He puts Pilate on trial by saying, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?"   When Pilate asked Jesus "What is truth?"  Pilate had the answer in front of him.  But the answer is not a " what" but a " who", Jesus is the truth in the second person of the Holy Trinity.  Jesus said " I am the way, the truth, and the life.  Is Jesus in control of your life?  Do you need to have the table turned on  doubt, trouble, sin, despair that is harming you.  Let Jesus into your life.  He can heal it.  That is why He died on the Cross for us.  He chose this Good Friday crucifixion to save us.  Does this corona virus epidemic make you feel like your back against the wall?   Jesus back is against the Cross for you.  Surrender yourself this Good Friday so that  Jesus can save you.     
     
     
    God Bless You and Protect You. 
     
     
    Fr. Jim Martell 
    Pastor of Resurrection Parish 
  • April 9 - Rob Currey '10

    Thursday, April 9 
    Revelation 1:5-8 
     
     
    [Grace to you and peace] from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, 
    the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. 
    To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his Blood, 
    who has made us into a Kingdom, priests for his God and Father, 
    to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 
    Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, 
    and every eye will see him, 
    even those who pierced him. 
    All the peoples of the earth will lament him. 
    Yes. Amen. 
    "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, 
    "the one who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." 
     
     
     
     
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    Reflection 
      
    As we quickly approach Easter - the day we celebrate our Lord conquering Death on the Cross - this reading from Revelation has a lot of great things to reflect on. 
     
     
    (1) Jesus is the "firstborn of the dead." As Christians, we have "died" to the ungodly ways of world and are brought to life in Christ. Jesus made the way for us on the cross to have eternal life after death in both body and spirit - this is the good news worth shouting from the rooftops! Jesus is our Salvation! 
     
     
    (2) Jesus is the "Ruler of the kings of the Earth." No matter how much power our world-leaders think they have, they are like dust under Christ's feet - God allows them whatever power they have. We must put our faith, hope and trust in Christ - not in our government officials. 
     
     
    (3) Christ loves us and freed us from our sins by his own blood! Christ's love is unconditional and unlimited. We must love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. We love because he first loved us! We point people (even our enemies) to Christ by loving them! 
     
     
    (4) "Behold, He is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced Him." We know not the day or the hour of Christ's return, but when He does, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We must be ready for His return at any moment. "The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, 'There is peace and security,' then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." Jesus will judge all according to what they've done - evil will not go unpunished. Whatever we do in word or deed, we must do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. 
     
     
    (5) "Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. The one who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty". God created all out of love, and the pinnacle of his creation is human beings who were created in His own image. Our relationship with God was damaged in the garden by our Parents' choice to sin, but God has restored that relationship through Jesus. We must remember that our reality as humans on this earth is multidimensional: a combination of physical (material) and spiritual (non-material). We must remember that our struggle here is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore we must put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground. We must stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, we must take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. We must take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
      
    Psalm 37 has been an enormous encouragement for me during these times we are experiencing right now - I suggest everyone read the whole chapter. One verse from that chapter is: The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him. 
      
    We must never forget that IN CHRIST ALONE there is Peace. In this world, we will have trouble. But take heart! Christ has overcome the world. (John 16:33) 
     
     
     
     
    Rob Currey '10 
    CBHS Faculty 
  • April 8 - Natasha Sublette

    Wednesday, April 8 
    Isaiah 50:4-9A 
     
     

    The Lord GOD has given me 
    a well-trained tongue, 
    That I might know how to speak to the weary 
    a word that will rouse them. 
    Morning after morning 
    he opens my ear that I may hear; 
    And I have not rebelled, 
    have not turned back. 
    I gave my back to those who beat me, 
    my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; 
    My face I did not shield 
    from buffets and spitting. 
    The Lord GOD is my help, 
    therefore I am not disgraced; 
    I have set my face like flint, 
    knowing that I shall not be put to shame. 
    He is near who upholds my right; 
    if anyone wishes to oppose me, 
    let us appear together. 
    Who disputes my right? 
    Let him confront me. 
    See, the Lord GOD is my help; 
    who will prove me wrong? 
     
     
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    Reflection 
      
    As I read today's reading from Isaiah, I am in awe how words written so long ago can bring such peace, especially in this time of crisis.  I was particularly struck by this line: 
      
     "Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear".  
      
    I wonder, what does God want me to hear?  When I take a few minutes, I realize I have heard amazing things these past few weeks:  birds chirping, my children laughing and playing, neighbors visiting, family members checking in on each other, quality time being spent with each other.  Maybe a blessing in disguise?  God is always giving us the opportunity to hear Him.  We just need to learn to listen.  He is everywhere!  As I ponder a bit more, I realize He also wants us to hear the cry of those who need Him.  He wants us to hear the poor, the lonely, the sick.  Now, more than ever, I see people "hearing" the Lord and helping those in need.  How inspiring! 
      
    The other line (it's so important it's repeated) that speaks to me is: 
      
    "The Lord GOD is my help." 
      
    Let's face it.  As brave as we may be, as strong as we believe we are, as independent as we would like to become, we ALL need help.  Even Jesus needed help.  And isn't that one of the best compliments we can receive - "you are so helpful!"  Being truly helpful requires love, humility, understanding, joy, kindness, peace... Sound like someone familiar?  So, YES, the Lord God is my help!  He is who we can turn to in times of trouble, in times of pain, in times of sadness.  He will not leave us forsaken.  He is right here with us.  And He always will be.   
      
    It may be easy right now to get overwhelmed, stressed, and even hopeless as we watch and listen to the news of this horrible pandemic.  It is in these times we need to turn to God and PRAY.  Pray for ourselves, for our families, for others.  Pray for healing, for hope, for endurance.  People all around the world are praying.  Can you ever think of a time when the whole world was praying for the same thing? 
      
    This will be a HOLY WEEK to remember.  Although we cannot be together in person, we will be together in spirit.  As we enter into the Triduum tomorrow, let us all open our ears to what the Lord is saying to us.  Let us be open to the call to be help to others in need, letting God do his work through us.  And let us be ever thankful for the gifts given to us by our Almighty Father!  
      
    St. John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us.  
    Live Jesus in our hearts.  Forever. 
     
     
    Natasha Sublette 
    CBHS Assistant Director of Admissions 
     Parent of Duncan '19 and William '21 
  • April 7 - Carrie Roberts

    Tuesday, April 7 
    Isaiah 49:1-6 
     
    Hear me, O islands, 
    listen, O distant peoples. 
    The LORD called me from birth, 
    from my mother's womb he gave me my name. 
    He made of me a sharp-edged sword 
    and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. 
    He made me a polished arrow, 
    in his quiver he hid me. 
    You are my servant, he said to me, 
    Israel, through whom I show my glory. 
    Though I thought I had toiled in vain, 
    and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, 
    Yet my reward is with the LORD, 
    my recompense is with my God. 
    For now the LORD has spoken 
    who formed me as his servant from the womb, 
    That Jacob may be brought back to him 
    and Israel gathered to him; 
    And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, 
    and my God is now my strength! 
    It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, 
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob, 
    and restore the survivors of Israel; 
    I will make you a light to the nations, 
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. 
     
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    Reflection 
     
    When I read this passage from Isaiah, the Serenity Prayer immediately came to mind. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." 
    God has a plan for all of us just as he did Isaiah. There have been many times when I have felt down and questioned my path in life. God has always found a way to either confirm that at the time I was on the right path, or my situation would change and a new path would become clearer. 
     
    During times such as these, it is easy to get discouraged and wonder if we are really following God's path for us or if what we are doing is making a difference in the world. Just as God speaks to Isaiah and tells him that even the smallest things can make a difference, we are making a difference as well. Every day I see random acts of kindness that are spreading joy during these crazy times. Whether it is a friend starting a positivity movement on social media, or teenagers putting hearts and bears in their windows for little kids that are out on walks with their parents during social isolation, or even drive-thru restaurants supporting first responders and truck drivers by offering free coffee or meals. Though it may not be apparent right now, we will see the results in the future of what God is calling us to do today. 
     
    Stay strong, stay well and continue to spread God's love. Go Brothers! 
     
    Carrie Roberts 
    CBHS Director of Stewardship and Events 
    Current Parent - Collin '21 
  • April 6 - Tim Neuman

    Monday, April 6 
    John 12:1-11 
     
    Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, 
    where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 
    They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, 
    while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 
    Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil 
    made from genuine aromatic nard 
    and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; 
    the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 
    Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, 
    and the one who would betray him, said, 
    "Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days' wages 
    and given to the poor?" 
    He said this not because he cared about the poor 
    but because he was a thief and held the money bag 
    and used to steal the contributions. 
    So Jesus said, "Leave her alone. 
    Let her keep this for the day of my burial. 
    You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." 
    The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, 
    not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus, 
    whom he had raised from the dead. 
    And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, 
    because many of the Jews were turning away 
    and believing in Jesus because of him. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    We have all heard the adage, "You never know what you have until it's gone." I wonder if the saying originated in this verse from the Gospel of John? Jesus's words, "You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me" are teaching the people of His time to appreciate that they have Him in their lives because soon, He will be taken from them, be turned over to the Romans, and be put to death.  
     
    Today, His words remind us to appreciate what we have in front of us; we may not know when it will be taken away from us. Many of us can relate to this idea now more than ever given the current changes and sacrifices we have undergone during the ongoing pandemic. We took for granted being able to spend time with our extended families and friends, to be able to go out to eat with our families, or to go to Mass and spend time with God in His house. (Similar to the people of Jesus's time, we also never thought He would ever be taken away from us).     
     
    For the past few weeks, while we have been "safer at home," I have realized how many distractions there were in my life and how many things really get in the way of what is important. I have spent more time with my wife and children, I have called my parents more often, and I have reached out to friends whom I have not spoken to in months or years. I am taking more time to acknowledge and appreciate what I have. I hope that the changes that we have all made during this Lentiest of all Lents has made us more appreciative and aware of God's presence and many blessings in our lives.  
     
    Tim Neuman 
    CBHS Faculty 
     
  • April 5 - Br. Mark Engelmeyer, FSC

    Palm Sunday, April 5 
    Matthew 21:1-11 
     
    When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem 
    and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, 
    Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, 
    "Go into the village opposite you, 
    and immediately you will find an ass tethered, 
    and a colt with her. 
    Untie them and bring them here to me. 
    And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, 
    'The master has need of them.' 
    Then he will send them at once." 
    This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet 
    might be fulfilled: 
    Say to daughter Zion, 
    "Behold, your king comes to you, 
    meek and riding on an ass, 
    and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden." 
    The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them. 
    They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, 
    and he sat upon them. 
    The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, 
    while others cut branches from the trees 
    and strewed them on the road. 
    The crowds preceding him and those following 
    kept crying out and saying: 
    "Hosanna to the Son of David; 
    blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; 
    hosanna in the highest." 
    And when he entered Jerusalem 
    the whole city was shaken and asked, "Who is this?" 
    And the crowds replied, 
    "This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee." 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Jesus is greeted with the words "Hosanna in the highest" as he processes into Jerusalem.  In less than a week, the people shout, "crucify him."  Things can change so quickly, and we have experienced that all too well during this season of Lent.  We have had to make drastic changes in our lives and make sacrifices that we never fathomed on Ash Wednesday - from not coming to school in person, the suspension of sports and activities, economic collapse, to even losing our opportunity to go to Mass.  
     
    With so many losses and disappointments, many of us have spent Lent on Calvary with Our Lord.  What happens on Calvary?  Our Lord cries out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  As Jesus took his last breath "and gave up his spirit," all looked lost and defeated.  Yet, after all of this, the people on Calvary said, "Truly, this was the Son of God!"  It is Christ's faithfulness - even through these most dire circumstances - that led the people to acknowledge His divinity. 
     
    We are never closer to Our Lord than when we are at the cross.  Our Lord is giving us an opportunity to have a deep faith by uniting our sufferings, disappointments, and losses from this Calvary to His cross.  As we follow Christ's example of faithfulness, our witness can lead others to acknowledge Christ, where we can altogether say "Hosanna in the highest," both now, and for all eternity.  
     
    Br. Mark Engelmeyer  
    CBHS Faculty 
  • April 4 - Mary Delgado

    Saturday, April 4 
    John 11:45-56 
     
    Many of the Jews who had come to Mary 
    and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. 
    But some of them went to the Pharisees 
    and told them what Jesus had done. 
    So the chief priests and the Pharisees 
    convened the Sanhedrin and said, 
    "What are we going to do? 
    This man is performing many signs. 
    If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, 
    and the Romans will come 
    and take away both our land and our nation." 
    But one of them, Caiaphas, 
    who was high priest that year, said to them, 
    "You know nothing, 
    nor do you consider that it is better for you 
    that one man should die instead of the people, 
    so that the whole nation may not perish." 
    He did not say this on his own, 
    but since he was high priest for that year, 
    he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 
    and not only for the nation, 
    but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. 
    So from that day on they planned to kill him. 
    So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, 
    but he left for the region near the desert, 
    to a town called Ephraim, 
    and there he remained with his disciples. 
    Now the Passover of the Jews was near, 
    and many went up from the country to Jerusalem 
    before Passover to purify themselves. 
    They looked for Jesus and said to one another 
    as they were in the temple area, "What do you think? 
    That he will not come to the feast?" 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    One thing I marvel at with the gospels as we near the Passion of Jesus is all of the ways my sins are shown to me. I feel exposed, but at the same time relief knowing that Jesus takes away my sin. 
     
    I see my gossip amongst the Jews who had gone to grieve with Mary when Lazarus died, but then immediately started with the rumor mill once he was raised from the dead. 
     
    I see my tendency to spin stories for my own self-righteousness when the Pharisees and the High Priest decide that the amazing miracle performed by Jesus was indeed harmful and would cause (oh no!) EVEN MORE PEOPLE to believe in Him. Indeed, they were thinking of protecting their own possessions and reputations by deeming His signs damaging. I do that, too. 
     
    I see how my sins are premeditated and how I commit them despite being a devout Catholic when Caiaphas and the Pharisees plan to kill Him well before Passover even starts, scouting Him out during such a holy time so that they can persecute Him, and as the faithful are entering the Holy City. 
     
    Jesus submits himself to MY sin so that he may conquer it and save me from it. He is the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophesy: "I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy, and cleanse them so that they may be my people and I may be their God." 
     
    Mary Delgado 
    CBHS Campus Minister and 
    Teacher Foreign Language Department 
  • April 3 - Tyler Dean '13

    Friday, April 3 
    John 10:31-42 
     
    The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. 
    Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. 
    For which of these are you trying to stone me?" 
    The Jews answered him, 
    "We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. 
    You, a man, are making yourself God." 
    Jesus answered them, 
    "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, 'You are gods"'? 
    If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, 
    and Scripture cannot be set aside, 
    can you say that the one 
    whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world 
    blasphemes because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? 
    If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; 
    but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, 
    believe the works, so that you may realize and understand 
    that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." 
    Then they tried again to arrest him; 
    but he escaped from their power. 
    He went back across the Jordan 
    to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. 
    Many came to him and said, 
    "John performed no sign, 
    but everything John said about this man was true." 
    And many there began to believe in him. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    After reading the passage multiple times, I continuously got drawn back to the tremendous courage, strength, and fortitude Jesus showed while teaching and performing the good works of the Lord. As John 10: 31-42 tells us, the Jews were ready to stone Jesus because they thought it was blasphemous to be speaking on behalf of God. This passage is a reminder that Jesus loved us, and He was courageous enough to endure all of the costs, struggle, and hatred that came along with performing the works of our Father. 
     
    As I sit here and reflect upon how our current situation, John 10: 31-42 told me two things:  
    1 - We all need to continue to strive to live our lives like Jesus, especially in these difficult and uncharted times we are encountering. We can learn to have the same type of courage and strength that Jesus displayed while the Jews were about to stone him. In unfamiliar times, it is easy to feel a sense of hopelessness and to be fearful. Yet, we need to be strong and come together as a community. All of the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and first responders during this time of crisis is a tremendous example of courage - all of these men and women have risen to the occasion without blinking to help those in need. We need to display the same amount of courage in these times - do not panic, but trust in the Lord. 
    2 - We need to find Jesus and the Word of God more often. This is a perfect time, while many of us are working from home, to take a few minutes each day to pray - pray for your loved ones, pray for your communities, and pray for the world to be able to get through these times with the power of God's Healing Hand. I believe the best way to come together as ONE is through prayer. The other opportunity we have is to reach out to all of our family and friends, especially those we may not get to talk to as often as we would like. We live in a fast-pace world, so we have been given an opportunity to slow down, catch our breath, and appreciate the most important people and things that are in our lives. A simple hello and words of encouragement to our loved ones and people in our community can go a long way. 
     
    I believe together - through faith, prayer, and courage - we can get through these times. Our prayer today can be to ask for the awareness and realization of the great love the Lord has for all of us. We must have faith in the Lord, and continue to help out those in need. I am so blessed and thankful for my family and friends, and to be a part of this Christian Brothers community - I know that we will all get through these times together. God is with all of us. 
     
    Saint John Baptist De La Salle - Pray for us 
    Live Jesus in our Hearts - forever 
     
    Tyler Dean 
    CBHS Class of 2013 
  • April 2 - Brad Luckett '08

    Thursday, April 2 
    Genesis 17:3-9 
     
    When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him: 
    "My covenant with you is this: 
    you are to become the father of a host of nations. 
    No longer shall you be called Abram; 
    your name shall be Abraham, 
    for I am making you the father of a host of nations. 
    I will render you exceedingly fertile; 
    I will make nations of you; 
    kings shall stem from you. 
    I will maintain my covenant with you 
    and your descendants after you 
    throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, 
    to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 
    I will give to you 
    and to your descendants after you 
    the land in which you are now staying, 
    the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession; 
    and I will be their God." 
    God also said to Abraham: 
    "On your part, you and your descendants after you 
    must keep my covenant throughout the ages." 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    One of the main arguments detractors of Religion like to use is the "tribal" nature of God or gods. "God serving only a certain group points to him simply being a fabrication for comfort or confidence, but not a real entity" - so they say. In this passage from Genesis, we see our God's "tribal" nature begin with us. There's little doubt that God is tribal here. However, I think this can be used as a strength for us when arguing for Religion. As a teacher/coach, or as a parent, friend, boss, or whatever role you find yourself in - wouldn't it be great if every student, player, child, friend or employee thought he or she were your favorite? If every one of them believed you were 100% on their side and in their corner? Of course it would, and you would certainly be doing something right as a leader if all of them believed that (hopefully it's genuinely true). We eventually learn in scripture that our "tribal" God is a God for all nations, not just our tribe. He loves us all so fully that we all feel that special connection that seems almost like favoritism, tribal.     
     
    As human beings, we reflect our own understandings and images on God. One tribe or group may express that differently than another, but I believe we're all attempting to project that completely encompassing love that God has for every nation and every person. This Lenten Season, during this stressful and unfortunate state of the world right now (COVID - 19), I challenge you as leaders (whoever you lead - at work or at home) to make those you lead feel as God made Abraham feel in this passage. They need your assurance, love and encouragement now more than ever. Genuinely make them feel important, valued and loved. Stay positive, safe and healthy! We miss our Brothers' community and hope to see you all soon.         
     
     
    Brad Luckett '08 
    CBHS Faculty 
  • April 1 - Nickey Shah, Jr.

    Wednesday, April 1 
    Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 
     
    King Nebuchadnezzar said: 
    "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 
    that you will not serve my god, 
    or worship the golden statue that I set up? 
    Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made, 
    whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet, 
    flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe, 
    and all the other musical instruments; 
    otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace; 
    and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?" 
    Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, 
    "There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you 
    in this matter. 
    If our God, whom we serve, 
    can save us from the white-hot furnace 
    and from your hands, O king, may he save us! 
    But even if he will not, know, O king, 
    that we will not serve your god 
    or worship the golden statue that you set up." 
    King Nebuchadnezzar's face became livid with utter rage 
    against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 
    He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than usual 
    and had some of the strongest men in his army 
    bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego 
    and cast them into the white-hot furnace. 
    Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his nobles, 
    "Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?" 
    "Assuredly, O king," they answered. 
    "But," he replied, "I see four men unfettered and unhurt, 
    walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God." 
    Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, 
    "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 
    who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him; 
    they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies 
    rather than serve or worship any god 
    except for their own God." 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    I haven't really thought of this story since Sunday School.  There are no fiery furnaces so to speak nor forced worship in our Catholic faith today.  As I read this passage, I tried to think of it in contemporary terms.  Where are the Shadrach's, Meshach's and Abednego's of today?  How is their strength to be demonstrated today?  What comes to my mind is the fruit of "Faith" concluding the Resurrection of the Glorious Mysteries.  We are faced with challenges every day.  I certainly know I am.  We may not face an immediate fiery furnace; however, we do face the repercussions of the right choices that are often contrary to the norm.  How audacious it was for this trio to defy their king and face death, despite their acknowledgment that "... even if he will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god..."  This demonstrates both the unbelievable faith and confidence in their choice.  As broken individuals, such as me, may we face our trials with similar fortitude. 
     
    As a caveat during these current times, I think it appropriate to task ourselves to serve as a blessing to someone who crosses our path... even reawakening a smile for another during these strange and uncharted times will be a great thing.  Arbitrary gestures can be powerful. 
     
    Nickey Shah, Jr. 
    CBHS Parent 
  • March 31 - Zach Johnson '10

    Tuesday, March 31 
    Numbers 21:4-9 
     
    From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, 
    to bypass the land of Edom. 
    But with their patience worn out by the journey, 
    the people complained against God and Moses, 
    "Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, 
    where there is no food or water? 
    We are disgusted with this wretched food!" 
    In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, 
    which bit the people so that many of them died. 
    Then the people came to Moses and said, 
    "We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. 
    Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us." 
    So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, 
    "Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, 
    and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live." 
    Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, 
    and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent 
    looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Coronavirus... COVID-19... Wuhan Flu...  No matter what we call it, it seems to be inserting itself into every discussion today.  Even when I'm reading a thousands-year-old text, the current state of affairs presents itself.  It's difficult to read about the trials and tribulations of the children of Israel, and not see the similarities to our present-day hidden enemy, causing harm to our neighbors, our classmates, our friends, and our nations. 
     
    In the Catholic tradition, we hold that salvation is attained through both faith and good works.  We see a rough example of this in today's reading.  The Israelites, realizing the error of their ways, believe and pray to God.  Then they perform a definitive action, and gazing upon the serpent saves them from further harm. 
     
    Our faith defines us - it will continue to strengthen and guide our community through these trials.  However, it is foolish to tempt God by extending ourselves into harm's way without good cause.  In this Lenten season, our new challenge is to practice "social distancing" and follow the "CDC guidelines."  Even with these restrictions, we can find new and creative ways to support our neighbors, our friends, and our courageous medical providers.  Keep your faith strong and practice these good works, and we will persevere as a community. 
     
     
    Zach Johnson  
    CBHS Class of 2010 
  • March 30 - John Thatcher

    Monday, March 30 
    John 8:1-11 
     
    Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 
    But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. 
    Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. 
     
    They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 
    Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. 
    So what do you say?" 
    They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. 
    But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, 
    "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." 
    Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.  
    And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. 
    So he was left alone with the woman before him. 
    Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? 
    Has no one condemned you?" 
    She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. 
    Go, and from now on do not sin any more." 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    As I read this scripture, I can picture Jesus teaching. Suddenly a group barges in to test whether he will obey the law of Moses. Surely the Son of God will condemn an adulterer? How their frustration must have grown as he continued to teach, ignoring their cries for justice. If I was in the crowd, would I have joined in condemning this person to death? 
     
    Instead of passing judgement, Jesus reminds the crowd of their own sin. When no one is left, he speaks directly to the condemned and reminds us that only God can judge the heart of a sinner. 
     
    Due to the steady feed of pictures and posts from friends and family, we can condemn others in an instant. We must ignore that temptation and remember that God will judge our sins and the sins of others. 
     
    Thankfully, God forgives our sins and gives us the opportunity to begin each moment free of sin. 
     
    John Thatcher 
    CBHS Director of Advancement 
  • March 29 - Lauren Volpe

    Sunday, March 29 
    John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 
     
    The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying, 
    "Master, the one you love is ill." 
    When Jesus heard this he said, 
    "This illness is not to end in death, 
    but is for the glory of God, 
    that the Son of God may be glorified through it." 
    Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 
    So when he heard that he was ill, 
    he remained for two days in the place where he was. 
    Then after this he said to his disciples, 
    +Let us go back to Judea." 
    When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus 
    had already been in the tomb for four days. 
    When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, 
    she went to meet him; 
    but Mary sat at home. 
    Martha said to Jesus, 
    "Lord, if you had been here, 
    my brother would not have died. 
    But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, 
    God will give you." 
    Jesus said to her, 
    Your brother will rise." 
    Martha said, 
    "I know he will rise, 
    in the resurrection on the last day." 
    Jesus told her, 
    "I am the resurrection and the life; 
    whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, 
    and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. 
    Do you believe this?" 
    She said to him, "Yes, Lord. 
    I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, 
    the one who is coming into the world." 
    He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, 
    "Where have you laid him?" 
    They said to him, "Sir, come and see." 
    And Jesus wept. 
    So the Jews said, "See how he loved him." 
    But some of them said, 
    "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man 
    have done something so that this man would not have died?" 
    So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. 
    It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. 
    Jesus said, "Take away the stone." 
    Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, 
    "Lord, by now there will be a stench; 
    he has been dead for four days." 
    Jesus said to her, 
    "Did I not tell you that if you believe 
    you will see the glory of God?" 
    So they took away the stone. 
    And Jesus raised his eyes and said, 
    "Father, I thank you for hearing me. 
    I know that you always hear me; 
    but because of the crowd here I have said this, 
    that they may believe that you sent me." 
    And when he had said this, 
    He cried out in a loud voice, 
    "Lazarus, come out!" 
    The dead man came out, 
    tied hand and foot with burial bands, 
    and his face was wrapped in a cloth. 
    So Jesus said to them, 
    "Untie him and let him go." 
    Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary 
    and seen what he had done began to believe in him. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    I have always loved this story from the Gospel about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Over the years, it has given me great comfort for many reasons. And now, in these uncertain times that we are living in, it gives me even more peace. 
     
    One reason I gain comfort from this story is the way Lazarus and Martha and Mary are described as friends of Jesus and that Jesus loved them. We know many bible stories about followers of Jesus, but these people were actually his friends. Jesus wept when he found out that Lazarus had died. I know that Jesus feels the same way about me and all of us. We are not just his followers. We are his true friends. 
     
    This story also gives me consolation in that the act of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is a foretelling of his own resurrection. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we are granted eternal life. What greater comfort could we want? 
     
    While we are all dealing with the uncertainty of what is going to happen to our own families, our school, our city, our nation, and even our world, we can take great solace in knowing that Jesus is always there to take care of us. We are not in this alone. 
     
    Lauren Volpe 
    CBHS Director of Admissions 
    Parent of Jason '06 and Dominic '14 
  • March 28 - Jackson Lyons '20

    Saturday, March 28 
    Jeremiah 11:18-20 
     
    I knew their plot because the LORD informed me; 
    at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. 
    Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, 
    had not realized that they were hatching plots against me: 
    "Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; 
    let us cut him off from the land of the living, 
    so that his name will be spoken no more." 
    But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge, 
    searcher of mind and heart, 
    Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, 
    for to you I have entrusted my cause! 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Throughout this wild and crazy Lenten season, we need to take some time to step back, and realize that we are not in control, God is.  As human beings we like to be in control of the situation so that we know what to expect. This is not a time where we are in control.  In the reading it says, "Yet, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me." We had no idea that this would happen or what would become of it, but to get through it we must have Faith because even the birds of the air are taken care of by God, so we will be likewise.   
     
    In the final segment of the reading  it says, "But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just judge, searcher of mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause." God is just, God is merciful, God is in control. We HAVE to trust in God that he will take care of us because He will. In this time of prayer and Faith, we must let go and let God. 
     
    Jackson Lyons 
    CBHS Class of 2020 
  • March 27 - Aidan Reichard '21

    Friday, March 27 
    Wisdom 2:1A, 12-22 
     
    The wicked said among themselves, 
    thinking not aright: 
    "Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; 
    he sets himself against our doings, 
    Reproaches us for transgressions of the law 
    and charges us with violations of our training. 
    He professes to have knowledge of God 
    and styles himself a child of the LORD. 
    To us he is the censure of our thoughts; 
    merely to see him is a hardship for us, 
    Because his life is not like that of others, 
    and different are his ways. 
    He judges us debased; 
    he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. 
    He calls blest the destiny of the just 
    and boasts that God is his Father. 
    Let us see whether his words be true; 
    let us find out what will happen to him. 
    For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him 
    and deliver him from the hand of his foes. 
    With revilement and torture let us put him to the test 
    that we may have proof of his gentleness 
    and try his patience. 
    Let us condemn him to a shameful death; 
    for according to his own words, God will take care of him." 
    These were their thoughts, but they erred; 
    for their wickedness blinded them, 
    and they knew not the hidden counsels of God; 
    neither did they count on a recompense of holiness 
    nor discern the innocent souls' reward. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    This reading, from the Book of Wisdom, talks about how Christ, also known as the just one, was treated poorly because of his beliefs and that he could not show proof to the wicked men. The wicked men said, "For the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes." The men thought that God would save Christ from them while they tortured him with the crown of thorns and put him up on the cross if he was who he says he was. God rose Christ from the dead and then the wicked men believed that God was his father.  
     
    This can relate to the modern world because many people have lost trust in others and require proof to be able to believe things that they say or things that they do. If I were to tell someone that did not know that dogs cannot see as many colors as humans, he might not believe it without evidence. If you can't prove it, they might become disappointed and treat you differently. As Christ said, "their wickedness blinded them," so if they treated you differently, Christ will treat them differently. Do not let their negativity get in the way of your everyday life and remember that Christ has your back. 
     
    Aidan Reichard 
    CBHS Class of 2021 
  • March 26 - Tymechie Anthony II '21

    Thursday, March 26 
    Exodus 32:7-14 
     
    The LORD said to Moses, 
    "Go down at once to your people 
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, 
    for they have become depraved. 
    They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, 
    making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it, 
    sacrificing to it and crying out, 
    'This is your God, O Israel, 
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt!' 
    The LORD said to Moses, 
    "I see how stiff-necked this people is. 
    Let me alone, then, 
    that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them. 
    Then I will make of you a great nation." 
    But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying, 
    "Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, 
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt 
    with such great power and with so strong a hand? 
    Why should the Egyptians say, 
    'With evil intent he brought them out, 
    that he might kill them in the mountains 
    and exterminate them from the face of the earth'? 
    Let your blazing wrath die down; 
    relent in punishing your people. 
    Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, 
    and how you swore to them by your own self, saying, 
    'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky; 
    and all this land that I promised, 
    I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.'" 
    So the LORD relented in the punishment 
    he had threatened to inflict on his people. 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    There are times where all people fall short of the mark that was set for them. I know for certain that this very thing has happened to me in my own life. I remember a time when I was at my grandmother's home during Spring Break. The entire family had gathered there to enjoy one another's company. I, like everyone else, was having a wonderful time with family. My cousins and I were playing games and being merry like children often do. There was nothing that we weren't allowed to do, excluding two things. The first was no running in the house, and the second was to stay out of the garden in the backyard. While the former was a rule that was abided by, the latter was thrown to the curb as soon as we ventured outside to play hide and seek. 
     
    I vividly remember being chased and thinking that if I cut through the garden, I'd be home-free to base. As soon as I made this move though, I regretted it. I, along with my older cousin, smashed an entire row of fruits and vegetables in the garden. We both knew instantly that we were in deep trouble. Immediately we went inside and told the adults what had gone down outside. My father was ready to reprimand us, exclaiming that we would be punished for our actions. However, my grandmother stepped in to save us. She told my father that we didn't deserve to be punished. She said that we were only doing the things that children do, and that when my father was our age, he had been guilty of the same offense several times over. We were saved from the consequences that we undoubtedly deserved. In this moment we were shown God's Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness, through our grandmother. 
     
    My grandmother, like Moses, advocated for mercy in our time of need. I think this is something that should not be taken lightly during this time of Lent. This is a time for us to examine our relationship with God. When I think of Him, I can't help but be struck with awe at his overwhelming Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness. Though God knows that we as humans will never be able to reach the mark, He continually shows us an agape love that will never cease. In our own lives, we should strive to reciprocate His Love and Forgiveness to others.  
     
    Tymechie Anthony II 
    CBHS Class of 2021 
  • March 25 - Benedict Ozua '21

    Wednesday, March 25 
    Hebrews 10:4-10 
     
    Brothers and sisters: 
    It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats 
    take away sins. 
    For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said: 
    "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, 
    but a body you prepared for me; 
    in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight. 
    Then I said, 'As is written of me in the scroll, 
    behold, I come to do your will, O God.'" 
    First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings, 
    holocausts and sin offerings, 
    you neither desired nor delighted in." 
    These are offered according to the law. 
    Then he says, "Behold, I come to do your will." 
    He takes away the first to establish the second. 
    By this "will," we have been consecrated 
    through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    We often have to work on tasks that we find boring or unpleasant. This feeling follows us, from doing chores, working a job, and even attending school. Many want to just escape from the world and only participate in enjoyable activities. Life can become a grind, churning out days like a monotonous cycle.  It is easy to ask why we have to do unfulfilling labor. Why can't I do what I want?  
     
    Early followers of Christ had similar issues with undelightful sacrifices to God. These followers were deeply considering leaving the Christian faith for they felt that God was not greatly helping them through their struggles. The author is making this message to praise their current devotion. The writer explains that their actions will grant them the Body of Jesus Christ. 
     
    It is important to make use of each day that we are given. Just like how the early followers improved their relationship with Christ, we can also work to improve the mood of our daily lives. Look for something that motivates you, look for new ways to pray to God, look for a little happiness in the most monotonous days. Do not think about what God can do for you, think about what you can do for God. 
     
    Benedict Ozua 
    CBHS Class of 2021 
  • March 24 - Angel Betances Lee '21

    Tuesday, March 24 
    John 5:1-16 
     
    There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 
    Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate 
    a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. 
    In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. 
    One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 
    When Jesus saw him lying there 
    and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, 
    "Do you want to be well?" 
    The sick man answered him, 
    "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool 
    when the water is stirred up; 
    while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me." 
    Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your mat, and walk." 
    Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. 
    Now that day was a sabbath. 
    So the Jews said to the man who was cured, 
    "It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat." 
    He answered them, "The man who made me well told me, 
    'Take up your mat and walk.'" 
    They asked him, 
    "Who is the man who told you, 'Take it up and walk'?" 
    The man who was healed did not know who it was, 
    for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. 
    After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, 
    "Look, you are well; do not sin any more, 
    so that nothing worse may happen to you." 
    The man went and told the Jews 
    that Jesus was the one who had made him well. 
    Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus 
    because he did this on a sabbath. 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Imagine one day you are walking up to a public party in the center of the city with your friends. Everyone is making jokes and just having a great time on the way there, but you feel bad that your friend Alfred could not go because he had an accident recently and he is now in a wheelchair. Most people who saw the man who was blind, lame, and crippled would not have felt like this and just would have moved on with their lives. We all know there is at least one soul in the world that would have stopped and helped the man getting there or given him some of the things offered from the party. Jesus was this gentle soul that day, he was the man in the mirror, and he gave this man a great gift that he did not see coming. Jesus gave him the availability to get his movement and vision back which is incredible.  
     
    All of this took place on the sabbath which was risky of Jesus to do because there were Jews and Roman officials that did not like those actions. On this occasion as well the man wanted to go to a pool to refresh himself, but everyone would get there before him. After Jesus gave him the gift, Jesus said "Rise, take up your mat, and walk." This could be Jesus telling us after a long hurtful day he will be there for you and he will cure you no matter what happens to you. After you are cured he wants you to go out to the world and not stay sad on what could be considered your bed. What can surprise everyone reading this gospel is that the man forgot Jesus's name! Everyone has to know that the man had to be very excited and there were a lot of people there so that did not help either. Imagine that a doctor found you in the street, cured you, you knew his name, and then when someone asked who he was you just forget. Now, Jesus came back to him on the temple doors and said to not sin so nothing else bad happens to him. This simply translates for us to do the lord's deeds and stay clean as that is the best way to stay away from trouble. After Jesus' name was spread by the man, he was persecuted but he said that "My Father is at work until now, so I am at work." Right here we can say that Jesus is honoring his father following one of the commandments. He goes deeper into this saying that "Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also." Everyone can relate to this, most people follow their parents' example and it can be a good example or a bad one. We can help others like our parents or hurt others like our parents. Jesus says that anyone who honors the son, honors the son that he has sent. This says respect towards the kids gives respect towards the father.  
     
    Those who follow the word of God and listen, which most do at times of despair, will be saved by the lord. Ending Jesus' words he says that there will be the day when everyone is judged, the living and the dead, those who did good will be resurrected with eternal life and those who did bad will be under condemnation.  
     
    Finally, Jesus says that he does not accept human praise, and there are those who do not believe that they do not have God in them. This means that this person has two faces. One shows what you want to see but this face masks a face of regret and hatred. Jesus says I represent my father but you do not take me as his own so for this if someone said I AM THE LORD you will take his words. Belief is something that people have to get better at but 2000 years later believing someone is still a hard topic to deal with. Working with Jesus' words, he explains that he will not accuse anyone with the father but the one that will cause them is the one they believe in. These people believe in the father so God is accusing them of not believing in his one and only son. This entire gospel shows how Jesus comes to us and helps us but most of us take it for granted and move on with our lives. If Jesus asks us to do something we move it aside like if we do not care. Everyone has to set some time aside to pray for those who are Ill and for ourselves. Love, Live, Serve, and Jesus will be there! 
    God Bless. 
     
    Angel Betances Lee 
    CBHS Class of 2021 
  • March 23 - Cody Garbuzinski '13

    Monday, March 23 
    John 4:43-54 
     
    At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. 
    For Jesus himself testified 
    that a prophet has no honor in his native place. 
    When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, 
    since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; 
    for they themselves had gone to the feast. 
    Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, 
    where he had made the water wine. 
    Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. 
    When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, 
    he went to him and asked him to come down 
    and heal his son, who was near death. 
    Jesus said to him, 
    "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe." 
    The royal official said to him, 
    "Sir, come down before my child dies." 
    Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live." 
    The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. 
    While the man was on his way back, 
    his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. 
    He asked them when he began to recover. 
    They told him, 
    "The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon." 
    The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, 
    "Your son will live," 
    and he and his whole household came to believe. 
    Now this was the second sign Jesus did 
    when he came to Galilee from Judea. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    After reading this passage, I felt an immediate impact by the impressive amount of effort and faith the royal official displayed at a time of sheer desperation and sadness for his family. As his son neared his death, the father heard of Jesus' arrival in a nearby town. Galilee, which is roughly 16 miles from Capernaum, was not a short trip by any stretch of the imagination in the times of traveling by either foot or camel back. It even mentions he did not make it back home until the next day after speaking with Jesus. While it does not indicate how the father traveled, I strongly believe he gave an all-out effort to find Jesus and beg for his son's life. Now for some of the younger readers like myself that have grown up with cell phones with GPS in them and Facebook to instantly look an individual up, imagine traveling to another city without any directions and trying to find a man you may have never seen after likely walking 16 miles. To me, that took every ounce of effort the royal official could exert during a time of panic. 
     
    In terms of faith, this father left his son, who could have passed away while he was traveling, to find Jesus and ask for a miracle. While this father and his fellow Galileans were known by Jesus for not being true believers, he mustered up enough faith to truly believe Jesus could save his son. I do not have any children, but my brother Jake and his wife welcomed their daughter last June, and he would sprint on hot coals for 16 miles if it meant helping her in any way, as all the parents reading this would, displaying a similar level of the royal official's effort and faith. 
     
    Having enough faith to leave a dying child and seek out Jesus with hopes, and not a guarantee, that He would save his son showed an unmeasurable amount of faith. The royal official displayed his faith again after Jesus told him his son would live and the man did not ask another question. He immediately started the trek back home after Jesus told him his son would live. I do not know about you, but if I traveled 16 miles by foot in a desert, I would ask a few more questions. Without physically seeing the miracle, the man instantly believed and returned home to find a healthy son. Today, the father still teaches us that while desperation may look different for every individual, our faith and genuine effort to connect with Jesus daily must never waver, especially in the toughest times. While we may not always receive the answer from Him we are looking for, remember that Garth Brooks once told us "Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." 
     
    Cody Garbuzinski 
    CBHS Class of 2013 
  • March 22 - Mary Garbuzinski Carrier

    Sunday, March 22 
    Ephesians 5:8-14 
     
    Brothers and sisters: 
    You were once darkness, 
    but now you are light in the Lord. 
    Live as children of light, 
    for light produces every kind of goodness 
    and righteousness and truth. 
    Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 
    Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; 
    rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention 
    the things done by them in secret; 
    but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 
    for everything that becomes visible is light. 
    Therefore, it says: 
     
    "Awake, O sleeper, 
    and arise from the dead, 
    and Christ will give you light." 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Saint Paul calls us to live as children of the light of Christ. We must not walk carelessly through life - we must walk with purpose and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is important that we practice kindness and mercy. We should approach each new day in prayer and strive to live in goodness and truth. All of us are sinners living in darkness, but Christ was sent to serve as our guiding light to salvation. Following Christ by embracing his Word and sharing his light with others will provide us with an abundance of grace. 
     
    During this season of Lent we are called to fast and abstain while serving others - always with a joyful heart. This requires us to share the light of Christ with everyone through both our words and actions. In these current challenging times we must share this light and embrace our faith, family and friends. His bright light shines as our beacon of hope. 
     
    We are blessed with the gift of the Sacraments to receive the light of Christ. The Sacraments allow us to push through the darkness. When we feel overwhelmed Christ love and light shines and is our promise of eternal life. God bless you as you seek the light of Christ on your Lenten journey. 
     
    Mary Garbuzinski Carrier 
    CBHS Past Parent  
  • March 21 - John Goode '07

    Saturday, March 21 
    Luke 18:9-14 
     
    Jesus addressed this parable 
    to those who were convinced of their own righteousness 
    and despised everyone else. 
    "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; 
    one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. 
    The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 
    'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity - 
    greedy, dishonest, adulterous - or even like this tax collector. 
    I fast twice a week, 
    and I pay tithes on my whole income.' 
    But the tax collector stood off at a distance 
    and would not even raise his eyes to heaven 
    but beat his breast and prayed, 
    'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' 
    I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; 
    for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, 
    and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    As I read the scripture and parable from Jesus, I couldn't help but laugh at just how timely this is.   
     
    We can all visualize these two people walking into the temple.  The Pharisee with his head held high and chest puffed out, and the tax collector with his head down and shoulders slumped. I find it important that Jesus goes into detail on where they stand. The Pharisee "takes up his position" for all to see. The tax collector stands at a distance just hoping to not get struck down.   
     
    The Pharisee is only concerned about how he is viewed "horizontally" or by his peers.  His prayer to God is solely about what HE does for God. 
     
    While the tax collector's concern only lies with how he is viewed in his "vertical" relationship with God.  His prayer shows a true understanding of God's power and the fear and love that he has. The humility and self-awareness that the tax collector shows is what Jesus is asking us to strive for. To focus on our "vertical" relationship and not compare ourselves with our peers. 
     
    In the midst of this pandemic, I think we are all finding out how alike we are.  I hope the chaos and "social distancing," will bring us together to help one another in this time of need.   
     
    Men for Tomorrow. Brothers for Life. 
     
    John Goode  
    CBHS Class of 2007 
  • March 20 - Kathleen Slavick

    Friday, March 20 
    Mark 12:28-34 
     
    One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, 
    "Which is the first of all the commandments?" 
    Jesus replied, "The first is this: 
    Hear, O Israel! 
    The Lord our God is Lord alone! 
    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, 
    with all your soul, 
    with all your mind, 
    and with all your strength. 
    The second is this: 
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 
    There is no other commandment greater than these." 
    The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. 
    You are right in saying, 
    He is One and there is no other than he. 
    And to love him with all your heart, 
    with all your understanding, 
    with all your strength, 
    and to love your neighbor as yourself 
    is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." 
    And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, 
    he said to him, 
    "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." 
    And no one dared to ask him any more questions. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked Him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."  Notice the scribe only asked for the first of the Commandments, but Jesus continued on to say "The second is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Jesus did not stop at the first commandment because how can you love God but not love your neighbor?  How can you go to mass on Sunday and say you love God but not do anything for those needing help the other six days of the week?  The two Commandments work together and cannot be separated.  Who created and dwells in your neighbor but God Himself?  To love your neighbor is to love the creator of this person, and that is God.  Upon hearing Jesus' answer, the scribe agreed and said, "That to do these commandments is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."  We are called to actively love those around us including not just our families, but the poor, the widowed, the homeless, and the hungry.  How are you loving your neighbor?  Are you praying for the unborn outside an abortion clinic?  Are you giving up sleeping in on a weekend to help out at a soup kitchen?  Are you donating to the food pantry at your church?  Maybe you are giving up your time to visit a home bound neighbor or a relative.  These are just a few ways you can love your neighbor.  Jesus once said, "Whenever you did this for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it for Me".  It is not too late this Lent to show acts of love to those around us.  When we do, we should remember that we are following Jesus' two most important commandments that He did not separate. 
     
     
    Kathleen Slavick 
    CBHS Parent 
  • March 19 - Lori Glasscock

    Thursday, March 19 
    Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24A 
     
    Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. 
    Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. 
    Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. 
    When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, 
    but before they lived together, 
    she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. 
    Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, 
    yet unwilling to expose her to shame, 
    decided to divorce her quietly. 
    Such was his intention when, behold, 
    the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 
    "Joseph, son of David, 
    do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. 
    For it is through the Holy Spirit 
    that this child has been conceived in her. 
    She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, 
    because he will save his people from their sins." 
    When Joseph awoke, 
    he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him 
    and took his wife into his home. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Joseph, in a time when a pregnant, unmarried woman would have been publicly shamed and stoned to death, not only chose to show compassion to Mary by not having her stoned and choosing instead to quietly divorce her,  
    but he was also obedient to the Lord when He appeared to Joseph in a dream. God's angel told Joseph that the child was through the Holy Spirit.  And Joseph did what was asked of him. It doesn't mention Joseph questioning how is this possible or even asking why him. He followed trusting totally in the Lord.  
     
    How many of us today, in this modern world, can say we act with compassion towards those who hurt or shame us?  How many of us seek and follow what the Lord asks of us?  Jesus was obedient to the point of death on the cross! 
     
    What will we do this Lenten season and everyday to show our loyalty to the Lord?  Will we remember when we are mad or hurt to show compassion like God shows us everyday?  Do we ever take the time to realize how many times a day God forgives us?  Maybe we can use this time to reflect on these questions.  Maybe we can try just a little harder to do as God asks of us  
    and show a bit more compassion. 
     
    God is good all the time and all the time God is good! 
     
    Lori Glasscock 
    CBHS Parent 
  • March 18 - Dr. Bill Callahan '72

    Wednesday, March 18 
    Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 
     
    Moses spoke to the people and said: 
    "Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees 
    which I am teaching you to observe, 
    that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land 
    which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 
    Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees 
    as the LORD, my God, has commanded me, 
    that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy. 
    Observe them carefully, 
    for thus will you give evidence 
    of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, 
    who will hear of all these statutes and say, 
    'This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.' 
    For what great nation is there 
    that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us 
    whenever we call upon him? 
    Or what great nation has statutes and decrees 
    that are as just as this whole law 
    which I am setting before you today? 
    "However, take care and be earnestly on your guard 
    not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, 
    nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, 
    but teach them to your children and to your children's children." 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Today is sandwiched between the feast of St. Patrick, who brought the faith to Ireland, and the feast of St. Joseph, who guarded and protected the Faith in the person of the child Jesus. Both of these men sought the will and wisdom of God by living up to the standards, or laws, that were revealed to mankind through God's Spirit and written words. Their daily lives were examples to the people of Ireland and the people of Nazareth, of what it is to follow "the statutes and decrees" of the Lord. 
     
    How many of us "Brothers Boys" can look back at a favorite teacher or coach who inspired us to follow the "just decrees" of our school years? Even when we did not understand or agree with the "rules" at the time, the Wisdom of age has shown us the truth of those well-thought out admonitions and encouragements. As Moses states: "hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live...". This Lent, as we seek to draw closer to the Lord and ask forgiveness for our shortcomings, let us also be thankful for the wisdom and sacrifices of the saints (like Patrick and Joseph) and our blessed Christian Brothers, who came before us and passed on to us the examples of how to live the Lord's decrees that we might have life to the fullest. 
     
    Dr. Bill Callahan 
    CBHS Class of 1972 
  • March 17 - Dan Wilson '84

    Tuesday, March 17 
    Matthew 18:21-35 
     
    Peter approached Jesus and asked him, 
    "Lord, if my brother sins against me, 
    how often must I forgive him? 
    As many as seven times?" 
    Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. 
    That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king 
    who decided to settle accounts with his servants. 
    When he began the accounting, 
    a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. 
    Since he had no way of paying it back, 
    his master ordered him to be sold, 
    along with his wife, his children, and all his property, 
    in payment of the debt. 
    At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, 
    'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.' 
    Moved with compassion the master of that servant 
    let him go and forgave him the loan. 
    When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants 
    who owed him a much smaller amount. 
    He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, 
    'Pay back what you owe.' 
    Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, 
    'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 
    But he refused. 
    Instead, he had him put in prison 
    until he paid back the debt. 
    Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, 
    they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master 
    and reported the whole affair. 
    His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! 
    I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. 
    Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, 
    as I had pity on you?' 
    Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers 
    until he should pay back the whole debt. 
    So will my heavenly Father do to you, 
    unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart." 
     
     
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    Reflection 
     
    After reflecting on today's Gospel, the first thought I had was of this part of the Lord's Prayer - "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." These trespasses represent our sins against both God and our neighbors. The king, or master, in this Gospel is our loving and gracious Father who is full of mercy and is always willing to forgive us our sins. In fact, He loved us so much that He sent his only son to become human, undergo tremendous suffering and finally be crucified as payment for our sins. And guess what else? God gave us the perfect vehicle to forgive our sins through the sacrament of Reconciliation. What a wonderful feeling to be able to have the "slate wiped clean" or get unending amounts of "do-overs" when we give in to our temptations. All we need to do is take the opportunity to go to Confession, and our sins will be forgiven. But as we learned in the Gospel two weeks ago if we hold any grudges against anyone, including our enemies, then how can we expect God to truly forgive all of our sins. I remember Br. Joel sharing with us at a retreat last year, you don't need to like your enemies, but you do need to love everyone. During the sacrament of Reconciliation we are reconciled with God, with our neighbors and with ourselves. 
     
    If we simply follow God's two basic commandments, love God with all our hearts, minds and souls and love our neighbors as ourselves, we will each be able to share in God's ultimate reward. The remainder of this Lenten season is a perfect opportunity to take an individual spiritual inventory and to remember the unending love which God our Father has for each of us, striving for God's ultimate reward which He wants to bestow upon each and every one of us. 
     
    Lord Jesus Christ, for 40 days, you suffered in the desert, but emerged triumphant over temptation and ready to begin announcing the Gospel. As we continue this holy season of Lent, help us to discipline our wills and avoid temptations, so that we may turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel. May our Lenten observance help us to die to self and experience in our lives your resurrection and all merciful unending love. Amen. 
     
    Dan Wilson 
    CBHS Class of 1984 
  • March 16 - Michael Franks '04

    Monday, March 16 
    Luke 4:24-30 
     
    Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: 
    "Amen, I say to you, 
    no prophet is accepted in his own native place. 
    Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel 
    in the days of Elijah 
    when the sky was closed for three and a half years 
    and a severe famine spread over the entire land. 
    It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, 
    but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 
    Again, there were many lepers in Israel 
    during the time of Elisha the prophet; 
    yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." 
    When the people in the synagogue heard this, 
    they were all filled with fury. 
    They rose up, drove him out of the town, 
    and led him to the brow of the hill 
    on which their town had been built, 
    to hurl him down headlong. 
    But he passed through the midst of them and went away. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Here is Jesus on his home turf and is having a difficult time to get a hearing. When they heard His words, the reaction was not to the words but what they thought they knew of Jesus' foster-father Joseph. They knew he was a quiet carpenter and thus judged Jesus by association. The assembly turned on Jesus because of what He said about Elijah and Elisha and how it implied that God's offer of salvation was no longer restricted to the Jews but the Gentiles as well. 
    During this Lenten season, we should all put preconceived notions to the side and approach each person/situation with an open mind and positive outlook. Lent is a great reminder to let the Lord lead us through our lives. When we encounter a challenging situation and possibly need to start over, put the Lord first and allow Him to guide you through the next wave of life. 
     
    Michael Franks 
    CBHS Class of 2004 
  • March 15 - Louis J. Montesi III '08

    Sunday, March 15 
    Exodus 17:3-7 
     
    In those days, in their thirst for water,  
    the people grumbled against Moses, 
    saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? 
    Was it just to have us die here of thirst 
    with our children and our livestock?" 
    So Moses cried out to the LORD, 
    "What shall I do with this people? 
    a little more and they will stone me!" 
    The LORD answered Moses, 
    "Go over there in front of the people, 
    along with some of the elders of Israel, 
    holding in your hand, as you go, 
    the staff with which you struck the river. 
    I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. 
    Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it 
    for the people to drink." 
    This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel. 
    The place was called Massah and Meribah, 
    because the Israelites quarreled there 
    and tested the LORD, saying, 
    "Is the LORD in our midst or not?"  
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    It's easy to get frustrated with the Israelites in today's old testament reading.  God brought down seven plagues upon mighty Egypt, saving them from slavery there.  Yet in their thirst, they ask Moses, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?" and "Is the Lord in our Midst or Not?"      
    But I'm guilty of doing the same thing.  Even though God has blessed me in so many ways, I will get angry or frustrated and ask, "Where is God present in my life today?"  And I know the answer.  If I wish, I can attend Mass every day of the week and receive Christ in the Eucharist.  Mass is celebrated in the early morning, at noon, and in the evening every day here in Memphis.  
     
    So as we travel through Lent, if you ever wonder if God is truly present in your life, go seek out the Mass. God is physically present there. If you're not Catholic, go anyway, listen to the scripture readings, and know that you are in His holy presence. The Mass is a miracle. Go experience it, and know God is with you. 
     
    Louis J. Montesi III 
    CBHS Class of 2008 
  • March 14 - Gerry Taulman

    Saturday, March 14 
    Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 
     
    Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, 
    but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, 
    "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 
    So to them Jesus addressed this parable. 
    "A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, 
    'Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.' 
    So the father divided the property between them. 
    After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings 
    and set off to a distant country 
    where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. 
    When he had freely spent everything, 
    a severe famine struck that country, 
    and he found himself in dire need. 
    So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens 
    who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. 
    And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, 
    but nobody gave him any. 
    Coming to his senses he thought, 
    'How many of my father's hired workers 
    have more than enough food to eat, 
    but here am I, dying from hunger. 
    I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, 
    "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 
    I no longer deserve to be called your son; 
    treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers."' 
    So he got up and went back to his father. 
    While he was still a long way off, 
    his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. 
    He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. 
    His son said to him, 
    'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; 
    I no longer deserve to be called your son.' 
    But his father ordered his servants, 
    'Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him; 
    put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 
    Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. 
    Then let us celebrate with a feast, 
    because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; 
    he was lost, and has been found.' 
    Then the celebration began. 
    Now the older son had been out in the field 
    and, on his way back, as he neared the house, 
    he heard the sound of music and dancing. 
    He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean. 
    The servant said to him, 
    'Your brother has returned 
    and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf 
    because he has him back safe and sound.' 
    He became angry, 
    and when he refused to enter the house, 
    his father came out and pleaded with him. 
    He said to his father in reply, 
    'Look, all these years I served you 
    and not once did I disobey your orders; 
    yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. 
    But when your son returns 
    who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, 
    for him you slaughter the fattened calf.' 
    He said to him, 
    'My son, you are here with me always; 
    everything I have is yours. 
    But now we must celebrate and rejoice, 
    because your brother was dead and has come to life again; 
    he was lost and has been found.'" 
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    There are times when we have heard something so often, we tend to lose sight of the meaning. I believe the story of the "Prodigal Son" is one of these stories. We know that this son was prodigal. The Oxford Dictionary defines this as "spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant." After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. 
     
    We might not have thought of the Father as prodigal. The Oxford Dictionary has a second definition for prodigal: "having or giving something on a lavish scale'. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. . . . and said, 'let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' 
     
    The prodigal Father had so much love for his son he would do almost anything to demonstrate this to his son. He wanted him to feel so loved he would never have the need to leave "home" again. 
     
    My twin sister and I were six days old when our Father told our Mother that he did not want this responsibility and left us. As I grew older, I felt the abandonment of not having a father figure in my life. I really struggled with this issue for many years. At one point when I reached a crisis situation in my life I discovered that I had never really been abandoned . . . . . God my Father had always been with me, loving and caring for me and had never abandoned me. He truly was my Prodigal Father. 
     
    Gerry Taulman 
    CBHS Faculty  
  • March 13 - Jake Garbuzinski '10

    Friday, March 13 
    Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 
     
    Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: 
    "Hear another parable. 
    There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, 
    put a hedge around it, 
    dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. 
    Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. 
    When vintage time drew near, 
    he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. 
    But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, 
    another they killed, and a third they stoned. 
    Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, 
    but they treated them in the same way. 
    Finally, he sent his son to them, 
    thinking, 'They will respect my son.' 
    But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 
    'This is the heir. 
    Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.' 
    They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 
    What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" 
    They answered him, 
    "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death 
    and lease his vineyard to other tenants 
    who will give him the produce at the proper times." 
    Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures: 
    The stone that the builders rejected 
    has become the cornerstone; 
    by the Lord has this been done, 
    and it is wonderful in our eyes? 
    Therefore, I say to you, 
    the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you 
    and given to a people that will produce its fruit." 
    When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, 
    they knew that he was speaking about them. 
    And although they were attempting to arrest him, 
    they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet. 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    As I read through today's gospel, I cannot help but think about all the students here at CBHS, as well as all the thousands who came before them. How many young boys came to CBHS with the feeling that they were "the stone that the builders rejected." How many of us showed up on campus as freshmen feeling as if we were not smart enough, not tall enough, not able to grow enough of a mustache for Dean Pratt to tell us to shave. All these feelings can become overwhelming if not met with a solution. That is what makes CBHS, and the brotherhood that comes along with it, such an amazing place. CBHS becomes the solution for so many young men. 
     
    How quickly did those feelings of being "lost in the shuffle" change after the first day of freshmen football where we came out with 70 new friends. How quickly did our feelings change when we realized that our teachers would stay after class to help us, that they truly cared about us. Whether it happens in the student section of the first home football game, whether it happened in the hallways at 7:30am sitting in front of your locker with your friends before school began, or it happened when an upperclassman gave you a ride home after practice; it didn't take long for you to realize at CBHS there are no stones that were rejected by the builder. We are all Brothers and we are all family. 
     
    CBHS has been a cornerstone in Memphis for over 148 years because of the love, compassion and discipline it uses to help mold young boys into great men. CBHS does a tremendous job of preparing us to go out into the world and become cornerstones of our communities, cornerstones of our professions, cornerstones of our churches and cornerstones of our families. As an alumnus, I couldn't be prouder to be one of those stones that was reshaped into a small piece of the great foundation that is CBHS. 
     
    Jake Garbuzinski '10 
    CBHS Director of Annual Fund and Alumni 
  • March 12 - Scott Sneed '79

    Thursday, March 12 
    Jeremiah 17: 5-10 
     
    Thus says the LORD: 
    Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, 
    who seeks his strength in flesh, 
    whose heart turns away from the LORD. 
    He is like a barren bush in the desert 
    that enjoys no change of season, 
    But stands in a lava waste, 
    a salt and empty earth. 
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, 
    whose hope is the LORD. 
    He is like a tree planted beside the waters 
    that stretches out its roots to the stream: 
    It fears not the heat when it comes, 
    its leaves stay green; 
    In the year of drought it shows no distress, 
    but still bears fruit. 
    More tortuous than all else is the human heart, 
    beyond remedy; who can understand it? 
    I, the LORD, alone probe the mind 
    and test the heart, 
    To reward everyone according to his ways, 
    according to the merit of his deeds. 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    The world that trusts in human beings misses out on the trust of God's followers. God's followers live with a purpose knowing that however joyous we may be on earth we believe that life eternally in Heaven is infinite joy. We all have demons. Therefore, we all fall but getting back up gives us (God's mercy). I learned a prayer that I start the day with in the morning. The WIT prayer. Lord walk with me, Lord walk in me, Lord walk through me today. There is always hope in this world because God is always there. We forget that HE is with us even when we fall. We are all born with dignity. God's creation. It's the free will "gift" that we sometimes fail in our decisions in life. The beauty of this reading is that the Lord knows our heart and is pleased when we witness through deeds for His glory. 
     
    Scott Sneed  
    CBHS Class of 1979 
  • March 11 - William Hughes Raiford '20

  • March 10 - J. Vincent Robinson '71

    Tuesday, March 10 
    Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 
     
    Hear the word of the LORD, 
    princes of Sodom! 
    Listen to the instruction of our God, 
    people of Gomorrah! 
     
    Wash yourselves clean! 
    Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; 
    cease doing evil; learn to do good. 
    Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, 
    hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. 
     
    Come now, let us set things right, 
    says the LORD: 
    Though your sins be like scarlet, 
    they may become white as snow; 
    Though they be crimson red, 
    they may become white as wool. 
    If you are willing, and obey, 
    you shall eat the good things of the land; 
    But if you refuse and resist, 
    the sword shall consume you: 
    for the mouth of the LORD has spoken! 
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
    Reflection 
     
    Automobiles today are basically run by computers and have warning systems. These   systems prevent one's automobile from serious operational problems. Yes, the check engine light provides codes to detect any number of potential malfunctions. These monitoring systems keep your vehicle in top operating condition. 
     
    We have come to rely heavily on our wheels and today automobiles costs as much as my first house and thus quit the investment. So today I don't ignore the warning system. 
     
    Lent is   just one big monitoring system for us to check our spiritual wellbeing. All these readings and Gospels are building a road map to keep us driving down the path to God. Some of the Readings and Gospels seem harsh but God wants us back on track spiritually. You know God made a pretty substantial investment in us.   
     
    In Isaiah's reading the people are being warned about their sinful ways.   God is fairly direct "Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil..." Isaiah's message should give us hope because we all can be forgiven and the Lord says" Come now, let us set things right" Despite all the terrible sins described as "scarlet" and "crimson red "we can make them white as snow and wool. A forgiving God.     Reading how bad it was in Sodom and Gomorrah I feel relatively safe in saying I've got a chance with God.   At my age I'm not incline to ignore my spiritual check engine light. Remember "If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land...." Lent is that time. 
     
    J. Vincent Robinson 
    CBHS Class of 1971 
  • March 9 - William Mangin '20

    Monday, March 9 
    Luke 6:36-38 
     
    Jesus said to his disciples: 
    "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 
     
    "Stop judging and you will not be judged. 
    Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. 
    Forgive and you will be forgiven. 
    Give and gifts will be given to you; 
    a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, 
    will be poured into your lap. 
    For the measure with which you measure 
    will in return be measured out to you." 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
     
    Reflection 
     
    One of the ways that I have seen God bringing his mercy and love towards me came just a few days ago. I was at a restaurant in the Cooper-Young area with my girlfriend, Grace. Now, I was not looking forward to going to this place, but she was ecstatic about the funky new restaurant. We walked in, we were greeted by a waitress and began to talk as we were seated. About ten minutes into our conversation, I heard the song play over the speakers, "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin. Grace had no idea why I started tearing up, but that day was in fact the birthday of my late grandmother who had lived with me for thirteen years in Memphis. It was one of her favorite songs. I told Grace that if I happened to hear "Crazy" by Patsy Cline by the end of the day, I would know that Grandma was with God in Heaven. 
     
    Well, the rest of the day went fast, and I was checking Twitter before I went to bed. My last tweet on my feed showed that boxer Tyson Fury walked out to his match against Deontay Wilder to the tune of Patsy Cline's favorite song. At that moment, I knew my grandmother was with me again. Think of the chances that we have been given by God to improve our faith in this time of preparation. I think that Lent, if anything, is a time to reflect on the mercy that God gives us every day. He says, "Forgive and you will be forgiven" because that love that He shows to us is never-ending no matter the injustices that we commit. No matter how I acted that night or the many nights before, God still cared for me enough to let me know that one of the most influential women in my life was still alive in Him. That is why we are dedicating this season to Him, to show our mercy, our love, our thankfulness in hopes that he reciprocates this love to all of us...and to my Grandma, of course. 
     
    William Mangin 
    CBHS Class of 2020 
  • March 8 - Msgr. Peter Buchignani '58

    Sunday, March 8 
    Matthew 17:1-9 
     
    Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, 
    and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 
    And he was transfigured before them; 
    his face shone like the sun 
    and his clothes became white as light. 
    And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, 
    conversing with him. 
    Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, 
    "Lord, it is good that we are here. 
    If you wish, I will make three tents here, 
    one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 
    While he was still speaking, behold, 
    a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, 
    then from the cloud came a voice that said, 
    "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; 
    listen to him." 
    When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate 
    and were very much afraid. 
    But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 
    "Rise, and do not be afraid." 
    And when the disciples raised their eyes, 
    they saw no one else but Jesus alone. 
    As they were coming down from the mountain, 
    Jesus charged them, 
    "Do not tell the vision to anyone 
    until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead." 
     
     
    ____________________________________________________ 
     
     
    Reflection 
     
    If you had to lose your sight or your hearing which would you chose? I really do not know the answer, but I read somewhere years ago that it is much harder to lose your hearing than your sight. I've often asked myself if I could actually see the real human Jesus would I want to? I'm sure my curiosity would win out, and I would want to see the real Jesus. Yet visible evidence can be and is often a barrier to growing in faith. I do believe the human Jesus does not look a thing like I picture Him. I fear that if I actually saw Him, I might not be as open to hear what He has to say. We certainly see in the Gospels the Apostles and others had a hard time listening and understanding Him. 
     
    In Matthew's Gospel on the Transfiguration, notice the Voice from the cloud said: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, LISTEN to him". The voice did not say, "Behold or see him" but "Listen to Him. In other words, when it comes to maturing in faith, hearing (listening) to Jesus is more important than seeing. There are two ways of knowing: Reason and Faith. The statement "seeing is believing" has to do with Reason, whereas "hearing is believing" has to do with Faith. In John 20 we read, "blessed are those who have not seen but have believed." And in Romans 10 we are told, "Faith comes from what is heard." 
     
    Lent is a time to focus on Listening to Jesus. One thing for sure, when Peter, James and John came down from the mountain, they had experienced Jesus in a new way. And when we HEAR or LISTEN to Jesus, we also will experience Him in a new way. We grow and mature in faith. An example may help. There are gospels that I have read and preached on hundreds of times in my many years of priestly ministry. Yet whenever I pause and focus on what I've heard, I always get new insights into a gospel. I understand things about Jesus and His followers I never did before. Give it a try. When you read or hear a scripture reading, sit back, close your eyes, open your mind and heart and just focus on what you heard. You will "see" (understand) Jesus in a new light. And when we truly Listen to Him, we begin to Think, Pray, and Love like Him. Our lives are changing. We are growing in faith. 
     
    Msgr. Peter Buchignani 
    CBHS Class of 1958 
  • March 7 - Clay Jones '90

    Friday, March 6
    Ezekiel 18:21-28
     
    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed,
    if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.
    None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
    he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.
    Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
    says the Lord GOD.
    Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way
    that he may live?
     
    And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil,
    the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does,
    can he do this and still live?
    None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered,
    because he has broken faith and committed sin;
    because of this, he shall die.
    You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"
    Hear now, house of Israel:
    Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
    When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
    it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
    But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
    does what is right and just,
    he shall preserve his life;
    since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.
     
     
    Reflection
     
    Clara Feldman survived the Nazi Holocaust in World War II. Throughout her life, she went to schools and taught students about her experience. She warned them, "We cannot be indifferent to evil. We cannot shut our eyes to it and pretend that we do not see it."
     
    Take action and don't be a spectator in life or in faith. I remember being hesitant as a kid to pray when my parents and I would go out to a restaurant, but as I aged, I realized that I was proud of my faith and should never hide it. As an adult and high school principal, it has been vitally important to serve as an example, to address those "evils" that boil up, and like Clara Feldman said, "[not] be indifferent to evil."
     
    Finally, as Jesus said to his disciples, "whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment." We take action, but remember that our brothers and sisters are still human so we must not get angry or judge.
     
    "Who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - MLK, Jr.
     
    Clay Jones
    CBHS Class of 1990
  • March 5 - Anne Pratt

    Thursday, March 5
    Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25

    Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,
    had recourse to the LORD.
    She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,
    from morning until evening, and said:
    "God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.
    Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,
    for I am taking my life in my hand.
    As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers
    that you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.
    Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you,
    O LORD, my God.
     
    "And now, come to help me, an orphan.
    Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion
    and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy,
    so that he and those who are in league with him may perish.
    Save us from the hand of our enemies;
    turn our mourning into gladness
    and our sorrows into wholeness."
     
    Reflection
     
    As I reflected on the reading from Esther the words "Help me, who am alone and have no help but you" connected me immediately with Queen Esther. After my beloved husband, George, died; I knew that I would have to face each new problem by myself. That's when my faith kicked in and I realized that I am never really alone as long as I believe that God is with me. Thanks to a book called, Jesus Calling (Finding Peace in His Presence) I was able to handle all the trials and tribulations of daily life. No chore or family emergency was without a solution, as long as I could call upon God for help. Although God is not there physically, spiritually He is always available to hear your prayer and answer it in a way that leads you to the place you are meant to be.
     
    Now although my requests have not been as great as Queen Esther's may have been, they are no less meaningful in the eyes of God. If you believe in His strength, His presence and His mercy, your life will always be blessed with His comfort and His promise of goodness and love. With God's love you are never alone.
     
    Anne Pratt
    Widow of the late George Pratt '65
  • March 4 - Dr. Jamie Brummer

    Wednesday, March 4 
    Luke 11:29-32 
     
     
    While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, 
    "This generation is an evil generation; 
    it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, 
    except the sign of Jonah. 
    Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, 
    so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 
    At the judgment 
    the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation 
    and she will condemn them, 
    because she came from the ends of the earth 
    to hear the wisdom of Solomon, 
    and there is something greater than Solomon here. 
    At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation 
    and condemn it, 
    because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, 
    and there is something greater than Jonah here." 
     
     
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    Reflection 
     
    We all seek signs. We want proof, certainty, and more often than not, a short cut. We want results without the sacrifice. Whatever the generation, from Nineveh to today, in the end, we all want to believe we are in control. 
     
    Jesus keeps trying to get it through our thick skulls that "there is something greater" here. Greater than Solomon, greater than Jonah, greater than any celebrity, or politician, or hero we care to name - certainly something greater than us. He wants us to understand that humility and faith are stepping stones to lasting wisdom. When we turn away from the illusion and egotism of control, when we breathe deeply and loosen our grip, when we open our hearts to the "something greater" that is God . . . then our words, our actions, our lives become their own type of prayer. The word of God lives in us.     
     
    Dr. Jamie Brummer 
    Associate Principal for Instruction 
  • March 3 - Jonathan Lyons '93

    Tuesday, March 3 
    Isaiah 55:10-11 
     
    Thus says the LORD: 
    Just as from the heavens 
    the rain and snow come down 
    And do not return there 
    till they have watered the earth, 
    making it fertile and fruitful, 
    Giving seed to the one who sows 
    and bread to the one who eats, 
    So shall my word be 
    that goes forth from my mouth; 
    It shall not return to me void, 
    but shall do my will, 
    achieving the end for which I sent it. 
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    Reflection 
     
    As in the new testament book of John 1:14, "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" Isaiah in the old testament is prophesying about God sending Jesus to the world to grow the world....to make it fruitful, by watering the earth with Jesus and his word. Jesus came to the world, brought God's word, took on disciples to spread the word and the Christian faith is still today the largest faith of any... almost like the snow and the rains on the seed except with miracle grow! 
     
    God's word is powerful. It enlightens us, but can also change us and transform us, as does the water from the rain on seeds to grow into food for our nourishment. If we listen and take in the word, such as the seeds take in the water, we will grow and spread the word.  
     
    It is almost as an invitation or a challenge to us from God through Isaiah. Our job is to accept the invitation and spread the word 
    so that it envelopes our families, friends and anyone we have in our lives. In doing so, our souls and the souls of all we touch will not return to God void, But rather as fruitful and strong souls that have grown because of the word spread to us, which has watered us like the rain and snow water the seed. 
     
    Jonathan Lyons 
    CBHS Class of 1993 
  • March 2 - Jimmy Garbuzinski '79

    Monday, March 2 
    Matthew 25:31-46 

    Jesus said to his disciples: 
    "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, 
    and all the angels with him, 
    he will sit upon his glorious throne, 
    and all the nations will be assembled before him. 
    And he will separate them one from another, 
    as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 
    He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 
    Then the king will say to those on his right, 
    'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. 
    Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, 
    I was thirsty and you gave me drink, 
    a stranger and you welcomed me, 
    naked and you clothed me, 
    ill and you cared for me, 
    in prison and you visited me.' 
    Then the righteous will answer him and say, 
    'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, 
    or thirsty and give you drink? 
    When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, 
    or naked and clothe you? 
    When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' 
    And the king will say to them in reply, 
    'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did 
    for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' 
    Then he will say to those on his left, 
    'Depart from me, you accursed, 
    into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. 
    For I was hungry and you gave me no food, 
    I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 
    a stranger and you gave me no welcome, 
    naked and you gave me no clothing, 
    ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' 
    Then they will answer and say, 
    'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty 
    or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, 
    and not minister to your needs?' 
    He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, 
    what you did not do for one of these least ones, 
    you did not do for me.' 
    And these will go off to eternal punishment, 
    but the righteous to eternal life." 
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    Reflection 
     
    As I reflected on today's Gospel from Matthew, the words that gave me the most to think about were "When the Son of Man comes in his Glory, he will separate them from one another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats". "Come you are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world". Jesus is telling us that we can have the privilege of entering his kingdom if we love and honor him above all earthly things and take care of others especially the less fortunate. I don't know about you, but I struggle every day putting our Lord first in my life. We have so many distractions in today's world and if we don't make time to pray and reflect every day on the many blessings we have been given, then our daily lives will be less joyous and fulfilling. During this Lenten Season I encourage you to renew your faith, pray for the strength to do our Lord's will, enjoy all the blessings he has bestowed upon you and of course don't be a "Goat". Please have a Happy and Prayerful Lenten Season. 
     
    Jimmy Garbuzinski 
    CBHS Class of 1979 

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