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A Consecrated Life

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“And let us consider how to provide one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24-25

How many of you were “glued” to your TV or device this past week to watch Pope Francis? Like most of you, I tried to end my day by catching a glimpse of the news – his daily schedule, his words to us. And, like you, I was touched by his genuineness, his simplicity, his humor and his holiness. I am always proud of our faith and traditions – but Pope Francis’ visit to the Americas affirmed the “Catholic” in all of us. His visit to Holy Angels School in NYC (Harlem) was moving and poignant. He reminded us about the value and essential humanity that a Catholic education provides for our young people. At my school, we took every opportunity to speak with students and share the good news of Pope Francis’ visit to our country. I purchased two books for each class – both paperback, but commemorative editions of Pope Francis’ visit here. One of my favorite quotes from his visit here was what he told the students at Holy Angels School in NYC: “Please don’t forget to pray for me, so that I can share with many people the joy of Jesus. Let us also pray also that many people can share in the joy like yours.” In our Catholic schools, we “share in the joy” every day. God bless you, Pope Francis.

Last night (Monday) I had the privilege of attending a Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. It was a Mass for Consecrated Life celebrated by Bishop Gerald Wilkerson (retired) and Bishop Joseph Brennan (the newly appointed San Fernando Regional Bishop). The Mass celebrated the commitment to consecrated life by Bishop Wilkerson, the San Fernando Region priests in attendance, and the sisters, brothers and lay representatives of the many religious orders who have touched our lives and served the Lord for many years. The Mass recalled the traditions of the religious and priests in attendance and reminded us about their call to serve and selfless witness to Our Lord. It was a moving experience for me. I attended the Mass with my pastor, Msgr. James Gehl, our parish director of adult faith formation Sr. Judith Fogassey, SDSH and our parish Director of Religious Education for Children Sr. Elizabeth Dominguez, CHS. The Mass caused me to reflect on the many religious in my own life that touched me as a student and mentored me in my path as an educator and Catholic school principal.

Like many of you reading this, I attended Catholic elementary school (Our Lady of Peace), Catholic high school (Louisville), and Catholic colleges (University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount University). I am forever be grateful to my parents who sacrificed daily so that the five Benton children could attend Catholic schools. And, to Sr. Henrietta, Sr. Sheila, Sr. Bernadette, Sr. Theresa, Mother Mary Aquinas, Sr. Maria, Sr. Donna, Sr. Nuala, Sr. Barbara, Sr. Myra, Sr. Triona, Sr. Angela, Sr. Monica, Sr. Frances, Mother Mary Lorch, Sr. Finbar, Rev. Schneiders, Fr. Larry Dolan, Fr. Ben Carrier, Fr. Neal Dolan, and my own great Aunt Nelle (Sr. Mary Clare Francis) – humble thanks from a grateful student who was privileged to watch the faithful example of a consecrated life. I know that many of you are now with Our Lord, but your goodness and faithfulness touched me and so many others. Your legacy and commitment to a consecrated life lives on.

Have a blessed and holy week.

Mrs. Blair

SEU Shoutouts
  1. The Knights Bear was awarded to Grade 3 on Tuesday.
  2. Mathletics Stars:
    • Grade 1 – 8,184
    • Grade 2 – 2,177
    • Grade 3 – 10,026
    • Grade 4 – 19,748
    • Grade 5 – 4,612
    • Grade 6 – 3,757
    • Grade 8 – 16,643
Quotes from Pope Francis I
  1. What he told the students at Holy Angels School: “Please don’t forget to pray for me, so that I can share with many people the joy of Jesus,” he said. “Let us also pray so that many people can share the joy like yours.”
  2. In his homily at the Minor Basilica of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre — the most sacred Catholic shrine in Cuba: Pope Francis told the crowd that “generation after generation, day after day, we are asked to renew our faith. We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness as Mary, our Mother of Charity, did. We are invited to ‘leave home’ and to open our eyes and hearts to others.”
  3. On the value of service to others: “There is a way to go about serving, which is interested in only helping ‘my people,’ ‘our people.’ This service always leaves ‘your people’ outside, and gives rise to a process of exclusion.”
  4. When he addressed immigrants to the U.S.: “You should never be ashamed of your traditions. Do not forget the lessons you learned from your elders, which are something you can bring to enrich the life of this American land.”

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