Now that we are into the first full week of February, we are given the opportunity to reflect on and integrate a new theme. Our theme is Faith, Pass It On. It may sound simple and yet, the reality is that it can be very challenging. We know that faith is a gift from God. We know that we are created by God for God, and so, faith is our response to God. It calls us to believe what we do not see. According to St. Augustine, “the reward of faith is to see what we believe.” In a society that needs to see and to know, a conversation about faith can be very unsettling. At times we find ourselves saying, “show me and I will believe you.” In the Scriptures, Jesus has said, “blessed are they who have not seen what you see and believe.” We are those “blessed ones”. As parents and school community, we are to pray for an increase of faith, especially when we find it so hard to believe. Jesus has promised to be with us always. Do you believe that? Can you feel God’s presence when you are in a difficult situation and a clarity comes to you as a solution? Mother Teresa encourages us to “be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” What are the small things in our life that call for faithfulness? It can be as simple as praying before meals, praying at bedtime, praying when we complete a difficult task.
Next week, we will be preparing for the beginning of Lent with our Ash Wednesday liturgy. During the 40 days of Lent, we will have many opportunities to be faithful in small things. We often decide what we will give up and try hard to hold fast to that choice. We are called to pray, fast, and give alms during Lent. As we pray, let us be conscious of our gift of faith and what it means to our relationship with God. Let us fast from those things in our life that drain our energy and put on that which is lifegiving. Our Lenten sacrifices can strengthen our spiritual life and bring us closer to God.
We invite you to begin a conversation with your family about Lent and what as a family each one can do. Decide to be supportive of each one’s desire to grow as a child of God.
We can also practice the words of Father Linus, the missionary priest who spoke to our students in October: FAITH means Forward All Issues To Heaven.
Count on our prayers as a school community during these holy days. May our faith and trust in God grow stronger each day!
With love and hope,