February 22, 2012
Lent: When It's OK To Give Up
We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday as a reminder that someday we will indeed die. Ashes are placed on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality and that we should always be ready for the time we will meet God.
The Catholic Church has three main traditions during Lent:
Our school community filled out cards called Bona Opera which is Latin for "good works." Monks fill out similar cards at the start of Lent, they are a list of ways we hope to practice the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent. The students and faculty placed their cards in a basket when they entered the gym for Mass today and they were brought up in the offertory and placed at the foot of a cross we set-up.
Father Richard Dion of Saint Anthony's Parish was our celebrant today and he was assisted by Deacon Charlie Pawlowsi, a transitional deacon for the diocese who will be ordained a priest in June. Father Richard's homily will be posted later on our website as a podcast.