Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Message to the CMH Community

Easter, 2011

Dear CMH Family:

“Do we really desire him? Are we anxious to meet him?” Pope Benedict posed these questions during his Holy Thursday homily. As a great Catholic high school, CMH not only teaches the facts of Church history, the patterns of a sacramental life, and the processes of theological thought, but we strive to inspire a desire to meet the Lord, and to stoke an anxious hope to encounter him in daily life.

So much of what we do as a school can be measured. But, how do we gauge our success in inspiring desire or fostering hope? One way to do this is to seek an answer to the next question – What will you do in your life because of your encounters with Christ?

Lent at CMH has been a wonderful season of prayer, in addition to weekly prayers services we had an all-school mass for Ash Wednesday and another to bless our junior confirmands and seniors going on retreat. We have celebrated a season of penance – over and above the students’ individual commitments to sacrifice, the priests who assisted at our communal penance service here at school, or who drove all the way up to Lake Delton for the senior retreat, all spoke highly of the maturity, seriousness, and prayerful insight of our students. Most outwardly though, we at CMH have had a profound Lenten season of almsgiving or, as we like to say it – Caritas in Omnibus.

The Haunted House kids and Boys Soccer team raised funds to send 29 WWII vets on an Honor Flight. The Girls Soccer team took time while touring in California to volunteer at a homeless shelter. The International Outreach Club ran a weekly coffee stand to aid Haitian relief. The Pro-Life Club offered prayerful witness in front of an abortion clinic. These are but a few examples of all that our CMH students and volunteers do in charitable love and service. These, and so much more, are signs of what results when young people are inspired and hopeful not only to meet the Lord each day, but to bring His love to the world.

My friends, in my opinion, Lent has borne great spiritual fruit at CMH. I am confident then that the grace of Christ’s Easter resurrection will bless our hopeful hearts all the more. When we return on Tuesday, we must remain focused on academics and social responsibilities. But, most importantly, we must build on the fruits of Lent and the graces of Easter so that the spiritual growth we have experienced will continue to have profound and positive effect for weeks, months, and years to come.

Be assured that all members of the CMH family will be prayed for in my Easter masses. I ask that you do the same in your celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. In close, please allow me this opportunity to thank all of you who so devotedly support CMH and its mission. The Crusader Fund continues to grow and the Auction was a huge success. Special thanks to all who will offer their support between now and the end of the year so that we can reach all of our fundraising goals.

Easter Blessings to you and your family.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, CMH ‘84

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