Next Wednesday, February 17th, is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent 2021. Of course, with our personal and communal experience of managing through a pandemic, the past year has felt like an extended Lent! For many, Lent is associated with choices to “give up” or sacrifice human comforts. At the same time, our Catholic tradition also envisions the forty day journey of Lent as a unique and timely opportunity to engage in reflection on the meaning of what is most important in life; to assess how we are living and growing in our faith; to reorient our lives toward God’s dream; and to establish new habits that help us grow closer to God. In the end, a good Lent allows us to create more substantial room for God in our life.
On the Ledge this Lent, students will have increased opportunities to pray and worship together as a class. In addition, a special Archdiocesan Lenten Mission will be an experience for all of our high school students on Friday, February 19th and 26th. Throughout the forty days of Lent, Ledgers will be involved with drives for the underserved, and will have the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. These are some examples of how the Catholic school experience offers students key opportunities for spiritual enrichment. I am grateful for all the steps our Springs community is taking to make Lent 2021 a meaningful season.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
I am pleased to share that to recognize Black History Month, daily PA announcements from the Student Council will offer historical insight into the significant societal contributions made by Black Americans. Our social and ethnic diversity is a great gift and strength of our humanity and our American experience. Our differences also challenge us to continually inform, reimagine and sometimes reshape our social consciousness to align with the needs of each new generation. Our faith asks us to always work for justice. As Christians, we believe that people of all races are equal in dignity and equally loved by God. I am grateful to our faculty and student leaders who will help educate, illuminate and honor aspects of the Black experience this month. For religious context, I endorse the following resources:
US Catholic Bishops Statement Against Racism (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism
Catholic Social Thought and Racial Solidarity REFLECTION: CST
Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!
Be well, God bless.
Eamonn O’Keeffe, Principal Grades 9-12