Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on February 14, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
Lent, from the Middle English word Lentum, meaning springtime, is a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving before Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday when the Sacred Triduum begins.
Lent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. It is an opportunity to reflect on our lives, pray more deeply, repent of the wrongs we have committed or in what we have failed to do, and to be charitable to those in need.
All of us at St. Patrick School have begun to spend time preparing for Lent. Students and staff attended Ash Wednesday Mass on February 14. The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance. In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned and wished to be readmitted to the Church would begin their public penance. The ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness and many Catholics leave them on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility. Some other activities that our students will be involved with during Lent are:
• Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent, students will come together and pray the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross are a Catholic devotion which commemorates the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each of the fourteen traditional stations represents an event which occurred during Jesus' passion and death at Calvary on Good Friday. Stations of the Cross are open to the public. Please consult the parish calendar for times of St. Patrick School Stations of the Cross.
• Operation Rice Bowl: Middle school students put the Rice Bowls together and studied some of the areas around the world discussing how this program will help those in need. On Holy Thursday, the staff will serve our students lunch. The students will donate what they would have spent on lunch that day to the Rice Bowl. You can learn more about the Rice Bowl campaign here: https://www.crs.org/ricebowl
• Hard as Nails Ministry will host a You’re Amazing assembly for students in all grades on March 9.
• Preschool students will be talking about and reading age appropriate books about Lent and Easter. Each day they will have a Lenten activity. They will collect coins throughout the Lenten season and the money will be donated to the Rice Bowl campaign.
• Students individually commit to fasting or performing Christian service.
Lent is a time for all of us to focus on repenting from our sins and consecrating ourselves to God, not on trying to earn God's favor or increase his love for us. It is our goal that all our student body and faculty be prepared for the resurrection of our Lord on Easter.