Today Mrs. Renken and I had the opportunity to conduct an ‘exit’ interview with the members of the Eighth Class. These students, soon to be our newest alumni, offered rich reflections on their Academy experiences. They shared observations that included what they most valued about their time here as well as valuable insight into areas and opportunities for our growth and enrichment.
What a wonderful event we shared on Saturday evening. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to Chemin de Fer Chairs Heather and Jeff Locker and Co-Chairs Kim and Steve Willbrand for all the thought, effort, time, treasure and talent that they shared in support of this major fundraiser. I am so very appreciative of all those who chaired the committees and worked on everything from decorations to packaging silent auction items. The event would never have been the success it was without the help and support of many in our parent community, as well as Academy staff members: Anna Godfrey ’07, Special Events Coordinator, Mary Maher, Development Director and Lindsay McCullough, Director of Marketing & Communications. Thank you all so very much!
This weekend we celebrate a very special moment in the lives of our Second Class students—First Communion. Please join me in praying for these young members of this community of Christ’s heart and for their parents as they continue to live out the promises they made at the time of their child’s baptism. Blessings to all!
Just a few minutes ago I was invited in to the Kocs Computer Lab by Mr. Storjohann, our computer teacher, to get an early glimpse of some photographs that were taken by Middle School students who participated in our after-school photography club. I offer a couple for your review below. What our students saw and captured was amazing!
We as a community of believers are about to enter into the Christian holy season of Lent. At its core, Lent is a time of opportunity. Sometimes I am not so sure we see it in that light. Sometimes we have a tendency to focus on what we are giving up. Another way to say that is that we focus on what we are fasting from. And sometimes perhaps we forget why we are invited to make that sacrifice. Lent is really our chance to get closer to God and to understand the great sacrifice of Jesus.
So, how do we do this? I would suggest that we do it both through fasting, but also through feasting!
What if we …
- Fasted from complaining and feasted instead on appreciation.
- Fasted from negatives and feasted on the positives.
- Fasted from self-concern, instead focusing on the needs of others.
- Fasted from discouragement and feasted on hope.
- Fasted on suspicion and feasted on the truth.
- Fasted from judging others and feasted in seeing Christ present in others.
- Fasted from discontent and feasted on gratitude.
You see, Lent is not just about abstaining, or giving up something like candy or even Fortnite. It is also about prayer and action. It is as much about what we feast on as it is what we fast from. I encourage all of us to consider this as we enter into the time of opportunity—the season of Lent.
March 5, 2019