10/01/2017 - THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE KNOW WILL INFLUENCE THE MAN YOU BECOME!

Fr. Michael and Fr. Peter have been on retreat this past week. In the absence of his weekly message, Fr. Michael shares with us the first homily he gave after being named Chaplain at De LaSalle High School.

THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE KNOW WILL INFLUENCE THE MAN YOU BECOME!

During September of my senior year at an all guys Catholic High School, I started to make some of the most important decisions of my life. This reality that the decisions you are making now in High School are foundational for your life and the man that you will become is what inspires all of the staff here at De La Salle, the president, principal, teachers, coaches, staff and Christian Brothers to lay down their lives for you young men. We want the best for you and we want you to make wise decisions that will give life to your life!

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?

The first decision I made was to apply to the University of Michigan during August of my Senior Year at Catholic Central. I received my early acceptance letter in mid-September: talk about a temptation for a senior slide! Making that decision about what you will do after High School is a tough and important decision.

I DECIDED TO WALK AWAY FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Another decision I made was to begin to walk away from the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church hadn’t done anything for me up to that point and it certainly wasn’t relevant to my life. During my freshman year at U of M, I began to walk farther and farther away from the Church. Without mom and dad encouraging me and telling me to go to Church on Sunday, I simply preferred to sleep in and use Sunday to get caught up on homework. The farther I walked away from the Church the darker my life became. About the only thing I could grasp was: I’ve got to get a great job, make lots of money, and then I’ll be happy and fulfilled. I thank the Lord that I am a seeker! It was hard for me to embrace that idea about life. There had to be more to life than getting a job, paying bills, and then dying.

ON MY KNEES IN MY DORM ROOM AT WEST QUAD

The next thing I knew I was on my knees on the floor of my dorm room at West Quad with tears of joy. I was welcoming Jesus into my life and telling Him that I wanted to live my life for Him. What in the world happened to bring about such a major shift? On campus, at a pro-life rally, I heard a young man, a college student, speaking boldly about Jesus as being alive, as being our Lord and Savior, as being passionately in love with us. You know how you can tell when someone means what they are saying? There was something about that young man and his conviction that removed the scales from my eyes.

AS CHAPLAIN, I AM GOING TO PAY IT FORWARD

I am so grateful to our Lord that, during my time as chaplain at De La Salle, I can pay it forward. I will be that man in your life who will speak boldly about Jesus and His amazing love for you. Jesus not only died on the Cross so that your sins can be forgiven, He has also risen from the dead. He trampled upon death! He is alive! You can know Him and establish a relationship with Him! During my time as chaplain, I am here for you young men. Nothing you might have done or anything you might think or struggle with will scandalize me. Although I don’t have all the answers, I will point you in the right direction. Our first all school Holy Mass took place on the celebration of the birthday of Holy Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Mary, in her very flesh, is a proclamation of the Good News that our Father loves you so much that He wants to give you His Son, Jesus! At every Holy Mass, especially today, when you come to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, although the minister will say to you, “The Body of Christ”, I hope that you will hear the voice of the Father as He says to you: I love you so much that I want to give you My Son!

Have a blessed week, pray for each other.

Fr. Michael