Long ago St. Augustine was walking alone on a beach and was thinking about the mystery of God as a Trinity of Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As he was thinking and walking along he came across a small child taking water out of the sea with a shell and pouring it into a hole in the sand. Augustine asked the child, “What are you doing?” The child replied, “I’m emptying the sea into this hole.”
Augustine said, “You will never be able to fit the whole sea into that hole.” The child, who was really an angel, replied, “No more will you be able to understand the mystery of the Trinity.” St. Augustine took up the challenge from the angel and penned one of the greatest books on the Trinity every written.
The Patron saint of our school, St. Michael the Archangel, like all angels, is God’s messenger. Angels bring us messages from God usually by means of inspirations: not a voice we hear, but a thought which lingers in our minds, or an inspiration that resides in the heart. These encouragements often come when we least expect them, but when we most need them!
Remember to be open to communication from God however it may come to you. For these inspirations are sent to challenge us, to help us to follow what is right, and to guide us through difficult times.
Thank you for welcoming me to St. Michael Catholic High School this year as School Chaplain. It has been exciting to be part of this community! My prayer is that St. Michael will continue to watch over us with all the tenderness of his angelic heart. I encourage each of you to walk in the way of holiness, for joy springs from a loving heart.
Fr. John Whyte, Chaplain