What is it that keeps friends together after 20 years or more? Is it the shared experience of the good times and the support received in bad? Or is it something more, a shared sense of communion that lives within you, that you take with you, through time and distance?
The Eucharist is that special sacrament we share as Catholics that brings us together in Christ's body and blood. At the Last Supper, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. It is a sacrament of love, a sign of unity. It is what ties us together as friends and Alumni so many years later. It is within His Body and Blood that our friendships found a place to grow and become one with Christ.
Cherish this moment the next time you go to Mass.
Go in peace, my friends.
Rosa Llaguno Scavo
In your last copy of Sabre Tales, you may have read a few inspirational words by Benjamin Seiglie, a board member and SBHS faculty member. You can read more here.
A great 20th century rabbi and spiritual leader, Abraham Heschel states in one of his writings, If God is not of supreme importance, then He is of no importance at all. As the lazy days of summer begin to recede and the longer nights of fall come upon us it is good to heed the spiritual counsel of this great teacher. Not long ago, our Churches rang out with joy for the solemn feasts of Easter and Corpus Christi. Now, in these days the Church turns its eyes to the final things. Soon we will celebrate the Feasts of all Saints and all Souls, and the solemn celebration of Christ Our King. Perhaps during this time of year it is fitting for us to focus on the final things in our lives. We may want to remember a classmate or a loved one who has been called home to the Lord, perhaps placing them more often before the Lord in our prayers. Some may see this time as an opportunity to reconcile with a loved one or friend who has drifted away. As Rabbi Heschel says, A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.