Welcome Back and Happy Easter!
While we hope the children enjoyed one extra day of Easter break, the faculty and some of our staff members enjoyed being with 8,000 other Catholic educators from around the country who have descended upon St. Louis for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Annual Conference!
The hallways have been unusually quiet this week as many of our students have been engaged in taking some standardized assessments each morning.
We use the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) for student assessments in grades 3–7. The reason we use the ERB is because, in our experience and estimation, they are:
- Sufficiently challenging
- Thorough in assessing application of knowledge
- Informative in the data provided, which is used for curriculum review
As we each continue our Lenten journey, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the purpose of the traditional Lenten invitations to prayer, alms and fasting. That purpose is: To carve out a space inside of ourselves for God.
To create that inner space, we are asked to let go of something:
- In the Lenten invitation to more prayer, we are asked to let go of our over-activity, thus creating an inner silence in which God might commune with or communicate to us more easily.
- In the Lenten invitation to more alms, we are asked to let go of something material to which we are attached, leaving an opening in our heart for God’s Spirit to swoop in.
- In the Lenten invitation to more fasting, we are asked to let go of some habit which is not always healthy (it could be the habit of indulging in chocolate or it could be the habit of indulging in gossip). And, again, the very act of letting go of a habit creates a conscious space in our actions and routines, thus, allowing God more time and attention in our lives as we redirect those routines and habits in other directions.
I pray that we are allowing more spaces in our minds, in our hearts and in our wills for the God who wants and waits to fill us to overflowing.
May your Lenten Journey continue to be God-filling,
—Maureen Glavin, rscj