Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.
A student of New Testament culture frequently revisits the understanding, at least in Judaism, about the causal influence of sickness. Simply put, disease and/or financial reversal was attributed to sin by the individual. A person was guilty of wrongdoing and was therefore punished with sickness. The reversal was also true. Financial and material prosperity was considered the direct result of moral rectitude.
Of course, in today’s times, we have a much more sophisticated understanding about sickness and would never attribute disease as a punishment from God for a particular sin. In other words, we are much more sensitive to the facile connection between disease and wrongdoing. We believe that a merciful God would never punish human beings out of a motive of revenge. All that being said, there is an undeniable connection between sickness and some underlying psychological root causes. No one can deny the truth of the maxim “a healthy mind, a healthy body.” I want to put it another way; very often depressed and challenged mental attitudes can cause or make the body much more susceptible to physical illness.
But if that is the case, namely that God does not punish the individual with disease because of sin, then we can refine that insight to establish the possible connection between mental health and physical health. One aspect of positive mental health is faith in God and in His son Jesus. We might thoroughly reflect on the healing force that comes to an individual with faith in Jesus Christ.
During the season of Advent, we study the theme of preparation for Christmas and perhaps this could be a reminder of deepening our faith in Jesus Christ. It was the role of John the Baptist to prepare the way. “Make straight the path of the Lord.” John the Baptist ate honey and clothed himself in animal skins. His mindset was focused on “The Lamb of God.” There was scarcely a political bone in his body. People knew where they stood with him and his role was to prepare for the coming of Jesus.
As we prepare for the birthday of Jesus, we have the invitation to deepen our faith, to take care of our bodies and souls, to develop a kind of mental attitude that is founded in belief and which in effect can bring happiness of both soul and body. We simply focus on the light that shines in the darkness.
Christmas Mass Schedule at Brophy Chapel
Thursday, December 24th
4:15pm St. Francis Xavier Mass held in the Brophy Chapel
7:30pm Brophy Mass
9:30pm Brophy Mass
Friday December 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!
10:00am Brophy Mass
Sunday December 27th
10:00am Regular Sunday Mass
New Year’s Masses – none are held in the Brophy Chapel. Please check St. Francis Xavier Parish website for Mass listings.
Young Alum Luncheon
Back from college for your winter break? We invite our young alumni, graduates from the Classes of ’12-’15, to join us on Wednesday, January 6th from 11:30 to 1:00pm for pizza in the Harper Great Hall. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and various staff members before they head back into their classrooms. If you plan on joining us, please RSVP here! We want to make sure we have enough pizza!
Each year Brophy enjoys a wide-ranging group of reunions based on 10 year intervals. This year, the Class of ’65 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Friday night informal gathering here at Brophy. The following night, the reunion class enjoyed the hospitality of the Phoenix Country Club. To reunion chair, Peter Calihan ’65 and his committee, including but not limited to Larry Cuzzocrea ’65, Richard DeNinno ’65, Jim Hawkins ’65, Bob Houck ’65, John Howe ’65, Mark Kalich ’65, William Kantor ’65, Larry Muckerman ’65, John Pope ’65, Stephen Rempe ’65, Rich Roulier ’65, and Richard Trowbridge ’65, congratulations on a successful celebration.
Later on in the year, the Classes of ’75, ’85, and ’95 celebrated with their respective classmates with equal delight as well. Many thanks to Sean Kelly ’75, Bob Beardsley ’75, Eric Herschede ’85, and Brian Theobald ’95 for their leadership and to their many classmates who assisted them in putting these events together.
After Thanksgiving day and on a chilly Friday evening, the Class of ’05 met in the McCain Colonnade. The attendance was outstanding. This reunion, chaired by Michael Strittmatter ’05, along with Sean Berens ’05, Oscar Barboa ’05, Sean Tierney ’05, Bobby Wesley ’05, and Joe White ’05 could very well hold the record of hosting the largest reunion gathering and tour on Brophy’s campus.
With this impetus in mind, someone asked why wait to celebrate every 10 years; why, in the span of 10 years, can we not intersperse an informal reminder every 5 years. So, this spring, we will do a 5 year kick-off as a kind of pilot program. As of this writing, the Classes of ’71 and the ’91 are in the planning stages for celebrations this spring.
Bit of History
On August 23rd, 1928, the Arizona Republic reported that the new Brophy football coach Jimmy Robinson would install a unique offensive set called the Notre Dame Box. Coach Robinson had previously coached in Portland, Oregon and before that had played football in the college ranks at Gonzaga University. In those days, schools such as Santa Clara, Loyola and Gonzaga were ranked as collegiate football powerhouses. So, the hiring of Coach Robinson, who would also coach basketball and baseball, was considered a hiring plum for Brophy. Small wonder that the Phoenix newspaper described him as one of “The most promising men in the coaching game.”
Matt Miller ’97 continues to inspire us! After losing his fingers and toes to frostbite in a mountain climbing accident, Matt’s determination has not wavered. He is now conquering miles and miles of pavement with ultra-distant running! Read his story here.
Andy Schmidbauer ’88 was honored for his 20 years of service with the Brophy Cross Country Team. This season was his last and he will be sorely missed, but will hardly be taking it easy! He will continue his teaching of Spanish, coaching volleyball, and yes, raising his twin boys with wife Joy.
Joe Dugan ’02 is a featured artist in the Emerging Visions exhibit at the Agora Gallery in NYC from December 29th to January 14th. Read more about Joe and the inspiration behind his work.
Tyler Bruggman ’13, quarterback for the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes, is thriving on and off the field. He was recently highlighted on www.sports360az.com.
Justin Glenn ’63 has just released the latest in his ongoing series. Volume 5, Part 1 and Part 2 of his book “The Washingtons: A Family History” is now available on Amazon. Congratulations Justin!
Isaiah Oliver ’15 was interviewed by the Denver Post on setting his sights on a bigger role for the Colorado University Buffalo’s 2016 football season.
John Ashton ’87 and Kimberly (Finney) Ashton XCP ’87 will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on January 5, 2016. Per John, “25 Years, and still having fun!”
Thomas A. McCarthy Jr. – father to Megan Kuhl XCP ’90 and Teresa Brown XCP 82-83 and grandfather to Preston Kuhl ’17, Molly Kuhl XCP ’18, Riggs Brown ’14, Tucker Brown ’17 and Connor Brown, husband of Diane McCarthy.
Dr. Bill Dunn – father of Tim Dunn ’76, Bill Dunn ’72, Chuck Dunn ’74, Patty Klieber XCP ’71, and Katie Dunn XCP ’80 and husband of Mary Dunn.
Sally O’Malley Whitten Lara – mother of Christopher Whitten ’84, grandmother of Tom Whitten ’13 and Charlie Whitten ’15
Anne Hickie – Brophy Regent Emeritus and mother of Christopher Hickie ’83, Matthew Hickie ’85 and Brian Hickie.
Christian Smallsreed ’88
Miguel Gutierrez, Jr. ’11