As many of you may know Kathleen and I have finally had our beautiful bouncing baby boy. Lars Monaghan is proving to be a very bright and accomplished young man already. His keen intellect brought him to the quick realization of the benefits of sleep and thankfully, Mom and Dad and Baby are doing quite well. And that is why he is accomplished. We are also finding that with all the help and food that are being provided to us, having a first time baby isn\'t so hard. Kathleen\'s mother, Theresa Mahoney, has spent the last two weeks with us. She has been essential to Kathleen\'s recovery and to the general well being of us all at this time. We really can\'t thank her enough. I have also been showered with food and help from the staff at Holy Angels, where it seems that we have an especial concentration of generosity and cooking talent. And my own family has proved invaluable as well with dishes and meals and all sorts of help. All the gratitude I feel is humbling in a most pleasant way.
Yet at the same time, Kathleen and I have spoken of how deeply pained we are to not be able to share this special time with our friends in D.C. We miss you terribly and would love for you to meet our little bundle. Perhaps....some day.
As you know, this page is primarily a fund raising page and not intended to only serve as a place to declare our nostalgia for our great friends in Washington. But the nostalgia is relevant because it is connected to our hope that as we set out on this new adventure we may be able to capitalize on our years of friendship and affection with everyone back in D.C.
And so here comes the request; we are hoping to boost the donations to Holy Angels Academy as the school year gets under way. At the Academy our biggest need is to cover our operating expenses. Those operations are the very work by which Holy Angels hopes to restore the Church in Jesus Christ.
To give you an idea of the restoration we have in mind allow me to contrast the mentality of Holy Angels with that of the world today. Politicians boastful of wearing the name of Catholic give vigorous support abortion. Priestly authority and prestige has been wrecked by scandalous behavior. Divorce rates show that Catholics enter into marriage and leave it with the same thoughtless nonchalance as the culture surrounding them. The world sees religion as a convenient label, virtue as a comforting fiction, truth as infirm and man as base.
Here at Holy Angels we believe that one reason the world sees it this way is that they have not been told otherwise. Or rather, they have not been taught otherwise. Here we ask questions such as \"How does a person sin against faith?\" And we give this answer, \"A person sins against faith, 1st, by not trying to know what God has taught; 2nd, by refusing to believe all that God has taught; 3rd by neglecting to profess his belief in what God has taught.\" To us faith, faithfulness, religion and virtue are simply real and we have to do something abut those realities.
Catholics and Catholic schools try hard, but oftentimes our very real financial concerns limit what we can do. Your generosity to our work will be meritorious. I tell you firmly, staking my honor on it, that it will build the Kingdom of God and increase the Faithful. Please give generously.
One last thought, next time you hear the news covering the sordid topics daily proposed for evening meditation, remember that there are millions of striving Christians whose attempts to live like Jesus of Nazareth are unreported. Remember there are many real teachers whose humble striving to teach the truth makes real differences in the lives of real people. Remember that you know some of those real people by name. And if you can give financially, please consider a gift, but if you are limited there, please say a Hail Mary and a Glory Be for the needs of Holy Angels Academy.
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