This year our school’s theme is “Taking Our Place at the Table.” Many of our events this school year have challenged us to take our place at His table. Lent provides us with a great opportunity to discover how we can take our place at His table as we travel on our Lenten journey.
On Ash Wednesday we begin this Lenten journey, a period of 40 days that we set aside for prayer, fasting, and doing good things for others. In this way we prepare for Easter, the greatest day in our faith, when we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. On Ash Wednesday, all over the world, Catholics receive a cross of ashes on their foreheads. This is a sign of sorrow for sin. It is a public sign. It tells our friends and neighbours that we know we are not perfect. We sometimes do what is wrong. We break the law of God. We hurt other people. We act with selfishness. During our Lenten journey we tell God and each other that we are sorry for our sins. We are going to try, with God’s help, to become better people. The cross of ashes we receive means all of these things.
This Ash Wednesday I invite everyone to follow the three traditional practices during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
· Prayer – Every Friday the staff meet for prayer at 8:15 am in our chapel. Recently, we have had a lot more student join us. Please come out and join us on Friday. Also, join us for our many Lenten prayer services.
· Fasting – Like many, I will be giving something up for Lent. Lent can be more than a time of fasting; it can be a season of feasting. We can use Lent to fast from certain things and to feast on others. It is a season in which we can:
– Fast from criticism, and feast on praise;
– Fast from anger, feast on joy;
– Fast from jealousy, and feast on love;
– Fast from selfishness, and feast on service;
– Fast from fear, and feast on faith;
What will you fast from, and feast on?
· Almsgiving – We recently just finished a very successful Food Bank drive. Our small school collected 1262 lbs of food with a value of $3155. Wow! Thank you for everyone for donating to it. We will continue to help our needy.