The month of November can be humbling. For Catholics and other Christians, we recognize the Saints in Heaven on November 1, All Saints’ Day. The following day, All Souls’ Day, we remember those who have died and may not have made it to Heaven yet. I find these two days humbling because I wonder on which day will I be remembered? Pondering these options leads me to take inventory of the choices I make, my commitment to prayer, and my willingness to listen to God’s voice in my life.
God calls each of us to be Saints in Heaven. He calls us to love, forgive, and encourage one another to live as He intended for us to live. I find the increasingly secular, materialistic world a barrier to our eternal salvation, especially for the young men in our school. We embrace this challenge as Lasallian educators to create a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment in which our young men can be formed and thrive as aspiring Saints!
Hearing Walnut Groove, our outstanding Jazz band, play “When the Saints Go Marching In!” during our recent Open House brought a smile to my face. This Louis Armstrong classic invokes reflection and remembrance that life on Earth is short! And, thankfully, the song reminds us of our chance at redemption and eternal salvation and how we all have a yearning to “be in that number” and become a Saint.
On behalf of the Brothers, faculty, staff and students, I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and joyful holiday season.