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PRESIDENT’S UPDATE

Gerald E. Tullier CHS President

AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, we mailed letters to the newly accepted CHS students for the 2016-2017 school year. I hope and trust that these newly accepted students are thrilled by their opportunity to attend CHS. I hope they are also a bit nervous because we fully intend to challenge them intellectually, spiritually and personally. On April 17, 2016, we will have a required meeting for all of these new students and their parents at which time we will explain in more detail the opportunity these young men have and the

them. Thankfully, the context within which we pursue our mission is not literally one of life and death. It is, however, of great significance because our mission involves the life-long formation of young men in light of their eternal destiny. In thousands of small ways over the course of their careers at CHS, we will ask these young men to deny the immediate gratification of their desires in order to achieve greater things with their lives and to

expectations we have of them.

“perfect their souls.” That expectation is, of course, very consistent

I thought about these new CHS students and the road that lies ahead

oneself in service of others which leads to the new life of Easter. So,

when I recently read a passage from Thomas Merton’s book, The Seven

when I say that I hope that these young men are also a bit nervous, it

Storey Mountain. “Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy

is because I hope they instinctively understand that being at CHS is a

of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use

big deal. It is important. It matters for life.

with Catholic faith and Lenten observance. Lent is a call to deny

of their powers,” wrote Merton. In this passage, Merton was reflecting upon the death of his father. He was comforted in the realization

In regard to this, one other thought from Merton strikes me as

that his father’s long illness and suffering served a valuable purpose

pertinent. In discussing his own recovery from physical illness and

in turning his intellect and will to God, and thus helping to “perfect

personal deliverance, he writes “It is through the prayers of other

his soul.” Merton’s father was obviously one of those people able to

men that these graces are given.” As we mature in life and faith, we

transcend suffering and recognize it as an opportunity to receive

all realize that we are not self-sufficient. We need others to guide,

God’s grace.

challenge, support and encourage us. Merton understood that to grow in faith we also need the prayers of others.

Our mission at CHS is essentially challenging all of our students to pursue high and worthy goals throughout their lives, helping them to

With that profound faith insight in mind, I ask that you remember

achieve their full potential and, in the process, showing that God loves

these newly accepted CHS students frequently in your prayers.

A Brothers of the Sacred Heart School Since 1894


Bear Facts Magazine - Spring 2016