Words from our Principal
Dear Families and Friends of Lumen Verum Academy,
We hope you had a happy Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary! May Our Lady bless and protect you and all who invoke her fair name.
As we begin this school year, I’ve set a small challenge for myself: to try, in these updates to connect an element of our Student Honor Code with the liturgical year, either as reflected in a saint’s feast, in Scripture readings from Mass, or in the Liturgy of the Hours of the week. Let’s see how I do!
If you read Exodus 32:7-14, you’ll find a recounting of the moment God discovers that the Israelites have built a Golden Calf to worship, recalled to my mind the first principle of our Honor Code: Striving to demonstrate Christ-like character, particularly in His self-giving service of others. This incident occurs while Moses is on the mountain receiving the Law from the Lord, but he is taking too long for the impatient Israelites. They begin whining about “this fellow Moses”: “We don’t know what happened to him,” they complain to Aaron. Tired of waiting for Moses and God, they ask Aaron to make a “god” that can march ahead of them and protect them.
Consider the context here: Moses had led these people out of slavery in Egypt, only to endure their constant complaining, grumbling, and discontent. And now they’re worshiping idols! Moses had every reason to be frustrated and infuriated with them for their hard-heartedness and stubbornness. And on the mountain, God offers Moses a way out: “Your people have made themselves an idol. . . Leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
What Moses does in response is a pivotal moment for the Israelite people. If Moses agreed to God’s proposal, salvation history would have been utterly altered. And how tempting it must have been for Moses! Here is God, saying to him: “I can get rid of all those people who have been plaguing you and causing trouble for you ever since you left Egypt – and I’ll make you a great nation instead.” How many of us would have had the courage and selflessness not to take God up on that offer!
Moses, however, uses his position before God not to claim glory for himself or to exert his power over the people, but rather to advocate for them: “Remember how you swore to their fathers!” Moses acknowledges that what the people are doing is wrong, but he calls on God to remember his promise of mercy. This doesn’t negate the magnitude of the people’s sin, nor the need for them to learn their lesson through punishment – Moses does eventually go down the mountain and put the evil-doers to death – but Moses acts not out of his own self-interest, but in the service of God and for the preservation of God’s people. And indeed, he later returns to the mountain to beg God: “Please forgive the sin they have committed,” putting his own salvation on the line: “If not, then block me out of your book!”
In this way, as in so many others, Moses foreshadows Christ, who advocates for us and makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34). Perhaps, learning from Moses’ example, we can ask ourselves: How would we have behaved in his position? Do we ever find ourselves tempted to wish certain “difficult” people were not in our lives? When other people irritate us or even sin against God or against us, do we bear resentment against them, or do we honestly and sincerely pray for them? When we are in positions of power or authority, do we use that role to seek our own advancement or self-interest, or do we put our power at the service of others – seeking their good, not our own, even and especially when they don’t seem to deserve it? Do we remember that – whether they seem to deserve it or not! – they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, beloved by God, and heirs to His promises just as much as we are?
This sort of “humble service” is incredibly difficult. But perhaps remembering how Moses gave up greatness to keep serving a sinful people – and recognizing that Christ died for the least of us despite our own unworthiness – will inspire us to persevere, even when the people around us are very hard to love and serve.
May God bless you all with a beautiful week!
Pax et bonum,
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Distinguished Guest Lecturers
Our scholars had the special opportunity of dining with professor and theologian, Charlie Camosy.
Recent Field Trips
Our Scholars enjoyed a recent field trip to the New England Base Camp where they practiced archery and other activities.
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