Have you ever wondered why the Gospel for All Saints Day is the sermon of the Beatitudes? This famous passage outlines the law of salvation, expressing a fundamental messianic mystery: that the Kingdom of Heaven is shared now and that it is yet to come. The Beatitudes refer to the blessedness of the saints in the present and in the future, leaving their ultimate fulfillment to the next life. The message they impart is that we are among the saints, though our own sanctity is not yet achieved. By God’s grace, we may more fully participate in the Law and the Kingdom established by Christ, and tread the path toward sainthood. Every saint that ever was was imperfect, and only achieved perfection by following the law of the Beatitudes. We all share the same beginning, and are called to learn the law of God in our lives.
This is precisely why the mission of Catholic education is arguably the most important one in the world—to make citizens for the next world by teaching the Divine Law. Dr. John Senior, the teacher whose educational methods and ideas informed the origins of our community, described Christian culture as the cultivation of saints in the traditions of Western Civilization, “the seedbed of saints.” During this time of year when we honor all the saints and all those souls who will become saints, I am reminded of this truth, and I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to labor in this corner of the vineyard. My good friend and fellow teacher, Daniel Davidson, once told me that teaching is like gardening —constantly requiring weed ing, watching, and waiting. I have always kept this in mind as I engaged in the art of teaching and, God willing, in the work of cultivating saints.
You have joined me in this work by making it possible to begin with. Thanks to you, the inaugural year of Gregory the Great Academy is off to a strong start. Classes are going smoothly, the faculty are happy to be teaching in such a familial environment, the schola sounds wonderful already, the dormfathers led the charge with initiation activities based on “The Iliad,” our first rugby match against a visiting group of students from France ended in a draw, the Robin Hood Games were held with gusto, and families, friends, and alumni gathered in our hall to celebrate the feast of All Saints with a beautiful banquet, lively song, and merry fellowship.
Without your unflagging loyalty, prayers, and financial support our efforts to make saints through traditional, cultural, Catholic education would cease. By your generosity and God’s good graces, our work continues and continues well—we have 23 spirit- ed boys, each one giving their all to the good school that God and all of you have provided for them. May it prove their path to heaven.
But though all is well and happy in the lives of our students, we stand in great need of financial assistance to keep up the good we have going, and to carry it on into the next year, and the year after that, and on. Be generous. Though we are blessed to have a school, we still have many hardships that must be overcome if we are to find a more suitable home for next year. Please make a gift to Gregory the Great Academy today and help keep alive the gift of Catholic education.