February 25, 2024

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By: Chris Poulsen, Holy Trinity Catholic Excessive Faculty chaplain and instructor

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So typically after we focus on Lent it’s when it comes to the query: What are you giving up this 12 months?

Little thought is put into something other than the sacrifice we make. Some even consider it as a time to ‘get again on monitor’ with New 12 months’s Resolutions. However within the Christian neighborhood Lent is way more. Lent is a time of solemn observance and preparation for the loss of life and resurrection of Jesus at Easter.

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As a substitute of being about giving one thing up, it may be about something that prepares our hearts to come across our Lord on the final second in Christian Historical past.

However what does this imply?

Nicely, at Fort McMurray Catholic Faculty Division our colleges typically tackle Lenten initiatives. These are full faculty initiatives that assist put together college students spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually for the approaching of Christ by nurturing them to sacrifice their time, abilities, and luxuries for others.

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Final 12 months, Holy Trinity Catholic Faculty participated within the ‘Share the Journey’ marketing campaign and raised consciousness whereas strolling steps in solidarity with the displaced folks on this planet.

It was a extremely easy act, however its affect was large as college students started to grasp the sacrifices folks take for security and freedom. A small sacrifice for a large change in perspective.

This 12 months, the Lenten Venture at Holy Trinity is the Faculty Connections Marketing campaign. We have now partnered with Chalice Canada and have been related with our Lenten Sister Faculty: Chuga Main in Meru, Kenya.

This can be a faculty that has wants when it comes to diet, security, and restore. Sure, throughout Lent we might be elevating funds to assist this faculty. However, we will even be receiving and sending movies to our sister faculty in order that we might study extra about how one another stay and make some actual connections.

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With the ability to stroll hand in hand with the poor is precisely how Jesus lived his life and in our Lenten journey to Christ we wish to sacrifice our regular lifestyle to 1 that displays our Lord.

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Throughout our Lenten journey it may turn out to be actually troublesome and irritating as we try to be servant leaders and put together for Easter. However the finish result’s constructive change. Once we come to Christ on the cross and when the stone is eliminated and he’s now not within the tomb it’s our Lenten preparation that permits us to be in surprise and awe of that.

It’s our preparation that permits us to take a while to vary our hearts over a brief time period in order that we might try to make our world a greater place ceaselessly. That is so typically mirrored within the pleasure and participation of our college students.

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When college students take part in Lent and our FMCSD Lenten Initiatives the tip result’s all the time: What’s subsequent?! As a result of our solemn observance and sacrifice sparks a need to proceed to do good issues.

So sure, throughout Lent I’m actually going to attempt to in the reduction of on sweets as a result of that private sacrifice is nice for me and it helps me to get nearer to the risen Lord.

However what we actually are going to be doing is humbling ourselves, sacrificing our normality, and getting ready our hearts for an encounter with Christ that may have a fully lasting impact for us, for our colleges and neighborhood, and for all of these we encounter.

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