Saints and Scholars Newsletter June 4, 2022

Updates from our Principals

Update from Co-Principal for Academics, Mrs. Karen Celano

Dear families and friends of Lumen,

We hope you and your families had a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. It is hard to believe that this is the second-to-last Monday Academic Update of the year. I just completed the final round of teacher observations this week, and I was absolutely amazed: despite the fact that summer break is right around the corner, our teachers and scholars are still going strong. Dynamic and engaging discussions are happening in every classroom, whether scholars are analyzing symbolism in The Giver, exploring H.G. Wells’ critique of industrialism in The Time Machine, analyzing images of the Church in religious art, or plotting functions in pre-algebra. The level of engagement is genuinely astonishing – in fact, in one sixth grade classroom, a scholar actually asked for MORE homework to ensure they could finish the book they are reading by the end of the year! Though I am sure that our scholars and teachers are all looking forward to the rest that summer will bring, what I have witnessed in classrooms this week is a testimony to the love of God, the love of each other, and the love of learning that we have striven to cultivate all year.

Moving in and out of classrooms has also borne witness to the beauty of our Church. As we prepare for the Feast of Pentecost (especially through the school-wide Novena coordinated by Mrs. Richer), I couldn’t help but reflect, as I watched our teachers and scholars in action, on the words of St. Paul: “In each person, the Spirit reveals his presence in a particular way for the common good.” The movement of the Spirit is so manifestly evident in our community as each scholar and each teacher brings his or her own unique talents, gifts, and loves to bear on their work. Some of our teachers run high-energy, dynamic classrooms, full of bustle and humor; others take a more liturgical, peaceful, and restful approach. Some scholars thrive in high-powered debate; others prefer a more contemplative, observant attitude. This year, we have encouraged each other in our areas of strength and pushed each other to grow and expand out of our “comfort zones.” In seeking to cultivate the beautiful and diverse intellectual gifts brought to use by each member of our community, we strive to cooperate with the Holy Spirit of God, who, in the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

makes one man a teacher of divine truth, inspires another to prophesy, gives another the power of casting out devils, enables another to interpret holy Scripture. The Spirit strengthens one man’s self-control, shows another how to help the poor, teaches another to fast and lead a life of asceticism, makes another oblivious to the needs of the body, trains another for martyrdom. His action is different in different people, but the Spirit himself is always the same. . . The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who receives him, and then, through him, the minds of others as well. As light strikes the eyes of a man who comes out of darkness into the sunshine and enables him to see clearly things he could not discern before, so light floods the soul of the man counted worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit and enables him to see things beyond the range of human vision, things hitherto undreamed of.

This is our prayer: that our scholars take the light they have received this year, through our humble mediation, and bring that light to all they meet, so that the beauty of the Truth, Who is Jesus Christ, can shine ever more brightly in our world. We are so deeply grateful to you for allowing us to walk with your children this year on the path of discipleship.

Please enjoy this week’s Academic Updates, and may God bless you always!

Pax et bonum,

Karen Celano

Update from Co-Principal for Faith and Student Life, Mr. Craig Dyke

Greetings in Christ, LVA Families!

I hope you and your families are doing well as we approach the birthday of the Church on the Solemnity of Pentecost this Sunday. As we reflect on the power of the Holy Spirit during LVA’s praying of the Church’s original novena, we are reminded that this same Holy Spirit was dramatically poured out upon the Apostles in the Upper Room nearly 2,000 years ago. The Apostles were overwhelmed and filled with the utmost courage, joy, and conviction to go out and share the Gospel with all the nations. The Holy Spirit inspired these holy but imperfect men, who were previously hiding, timid and unsure of their mission, to go out and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth, even amidst the most difficult of trials, persecution, and eventual martyrdom.

Let each of us remember our strong Catholic roots, and may we take heart, never giving into discouragement, as we courageously embark upon our family’s journey for truth, beauty, and goodness. For it is the same Holy Spirit that, upon our Baptism, descended into each of our souls, filling us with God’s life and grace. It is also the same Holy Spirit that, upon our Sacrament of Confirmation, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit were sealed within our souls, strengthening us for the mission of courageously living and sharing our Faith. It is indeed the same Holy Spirit that is with each of us today, pouring God’s grace, courage, and guidance upon our paths.

Each of us, as baptized individuals and families, is given the great mission and privilege of proclaiming Jesus Christ in a world that is so often contrary to the richness of our Faith. Let us take a moment, and perhaps even a sigh of relief, and rejoice that we, the Lumen Verum community, are not alone in this mission. We have the almighty power of the Holy Spirit, with its ever-present flames of fire, still actively guiding and leading the Church, inspiring the many great bishops, priests, as well as religious men and women who lay down their lives each and every day to serve the Church. We have the Holy Spirit actively working within each of our lives, within each of our families- to fill us, inspire us, guide us. We, the Church, are “surrounded by a cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1), and have the great gift of being encouraged by one another, as well as to pray for and support one another. As we come to the end of our novena, may we sincerely pray for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit to be outpoured within each of our hearts, within each of our families, within our community, and within our Church at large.

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into Heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit

to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples,

deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love.

Wisdom: Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal,

Understanding: the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth,

Counsel: the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven,

Fortitude: the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation,

Knowledge: the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints,

Piety: the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable,

Fear of the Lord: and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him.

Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit.

Amen.

In Christ,

Mr. Dyke

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