Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving message from CMH

Thanksgiving 2013

Dear Friends and Family of Catholic Memorial,

In these last few months, America has marked anniversaries of great oratory: the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address."  And, in the marking of a half century since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we recalled the close of his single inaugural address - "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

The power of oratory rests upon the connection an audience makes to the essential experiences of the speaker.  Soaring rhetoric draws us past the words or the person to something deeper.  When recalling JFK’s most memorable lines, it is important to know that the close of the address was a very Catholic expression, “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

Each year in this Thanksgiving message I lay out the wealth of accomplishments of the CMH community.  Trophies and accolades abound, and great kids and great faculty reflect so very well the mission, ministry, and motto of CMH.  As the premiere Catholic high school of the region, as a partner to the parishes from which our students and families come, and because we believe and live out Caritas in Omnibus, we are confident that our school community makes God's work truly our own.

This Thanksgiving, in whatever way your family expresses that for which it is most thankful, I hope you reflect on your essential connection to the CMH family.  It is my prayer that all of us can be appropriately thankful for CMH's unmatched education, faith formation, and servant leader commitment to Caritas in Omnibus.

I am thankful for each of you.  I am thankful for those students, faculty and staff who bring us so many successes.  I am thankful for the families, alums, pastors, and community members who support CMH.  I am thankful for the strong commitment many have already  made to both the Crusader Fund and our recently announced Crusading for Excellence campaign. 

Let us be thankful that together we can be instruments of God's work here on earth.

Fr. Paul Hartmann '84

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