Faith & Mission Report 25 February 2022

The Lenten Journey

Faith & Mission Report 25 February 2022

The Lenten Journey

The Lenten Journey

Next week, we celebrate Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent, a season of the Church which continues until the evening of Holy Thursday when the Easter Triduum begins. On Ash Wednesday, the College community will gather in prayer and for the distribution of the ashes where we will reflect on the challenge of the Lenten journey. We recognise the greatness of our humanity in being created in the image and likeness of God – in being known and loved – and to celebrate that goodness in ourselves. At the same time, however, we acknowledge that we often miss the mark: we do not always live out the fullness of our humanity and be who we are created to be.

This time of our liturgical year is an opportunity for staff and students to reflect on the path Jesus walked; a path of radical love towards the cross which then opened heaven’s door for us to follow. In this period of Lent, as we walk towards Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are invited to meditate on our God of compassion, what that means for how we act in the world, and for what God calls us to be

A distinctive characteristic of Jesus was his compassion for the people he met particularly those who were suffering. Jesus’ teaching and his example of great compassion towards the vulnerable resonates deeply in the life of our Marist community. We seek to walk with the vulnerable in ways that bring hope and healing – and life to the full.

Game Changers students supported by the Faith and Mission team will be hosting a series of fundraising events throughout Term 1 to support the work of Caritas. This is one way in which our community can support the most vulnerable. On Shrove Tuesday, 1 March, we will be selling pancakes to students and staff for a gold coin donation. We hope you can support us in this endeavour. Look out for other fund-raising initiatives where we can put our faith into action.

To conclude, I would like to share a poem that I stumbled upon by Jan Richardson, titled Blessing the Dust. This encapsulates beautifully what Ash Wednesday and Lent invites us to reflect on. May God bless you on the journey!

All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners 
or swept away                                     
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial—did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we arebut for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made
and the stars that blaze
in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.
Geralyn McCarthy
Deputy Principal Faith & Mission