My first Magazine - Page 2

From the Executive Director Table of Contents “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 O1 From the Executive Director 03 From the Principal 05 Financial Summary 07 Honor Roll of Donors 20 In Honor 20 In Memoriam 22 Gifts in Kind I have always been fascinated by science, and in particular, space, time and distance. As a young student, I remember how difficult it was for me to truly comprehend that light travels at a staggering 186,000 miles/ sec. I was even more amazed when I was introduced to the concept of light years, and the fact that many of the stars in the universe we see today already have burned out since their light ceased years ago but is now just reaching Earth. Earlier this year we were mesmerized by the solar eclipse, which took over 8 minutes for the disrupted light from our own sun to reach us. And, just a couple of months ago, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a dramatic death plunge into Saturn after sending its final images via radio signals traveling at the speed of light. Those photos took almost 1½ hours to reach us – occurring long after the spacecraft, traveling at a relatively sluggish 70,000 mph, broke apart entering the planet’s atmosphere. Like so many living organisms, we are attracted to light. We wake up to the light of a new dawn, a new day. Light gives us direction in the darkness. Ships are drawn to beacons of light. Authors are drawn to light to gain creative inspiration. We equate light to goodness and virtue. Even Christ himself admonished us to “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 1 Archbishop McNicholas High School