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Monthly Reflections from President Mike Prato


This monthly Reflection Series is intended to provide readers with reflections on the Gospels that are relevant to our school events and activities and are spiritually up-lifting.

You are about to win something very, very special. This was the fortune cookie message I received the night before the auction. I shared this fortune with everyone as part of my opening comments; "We've anticipated KATCH for 365 days, excited for the people in this room, to unexpectedly win something very, very special." Little did I know that I would be the one who was the unexpected recipient of something very, very special.

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First, thank you all for responding to the Lancer Dad's Group Interest Survey. The results indicate there is an interest in pursuing something more formal. Of the choices listed, fellowship with one another was the most popular response with interest in a series focusing on fatherhood coming in second.

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In the past 12 years, I have had thousands of conversations with amazing Lancer dads about their role with their teenage sons and daughters and along with that, their own roles as men of God. None have touched me as deeply as the father in this story.

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My father died ten years ago. His passing caused my world to change drastically. My mentor and the person who set an example for me as a father and husband, soon became a memory. Not a religious man by nature, I wondered how to honor his life while at the same time inviting others in? I discovered the Beatitudes, and in researching their underlying meaning, learned it was Jesus' intent for these pronouncements to offer the promise of salvation - not in this world, but in the next. Perfect. I set about putting the Sermon on the Mount into Lawrence John Prato's 84 years of life.

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Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement "assuring all affected by the Trump Administration's Executive Order regarding immigrants and refugees, that they will continue to safeguard and maintain the well-being of those entrusted to our care."

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