Principal's Message for March 10, 2019

Craig Palmer

Principal’s Message 3/10/19

Well, here we go again! It’s the first week of Lent! And, as I did last year, I’d like to share with you some of the best writings/reflections I can find on the topic as we head toward Easter. This week’s message is something I found, written by one of my favorite bishops, Bishop Robert Barron. You might know him from his definitive work entitled Catholicism, which comes in book of DVD form. It is a wonderful explanation of the Faith, written in a form that is both understandable and engaging at the same time. Bishop Barron also produces many YouTube videos on a myriad of topics regarding Catholicism that are typically 5-10 minutes in length. Again, they are very informative and entertaining to watch. So please enjoy this week’s message, as penned by Bishop Robert Barron.
“Lent is a season for refocusing on the suffering and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we will be ready to embrace the good news of the Resurrection.
Why this emphasis on suffering? Because Christ saved us through an act of suffering. He bore in his own person the weight of our sin and died for us on the cross, where suffering and love coincided.
And the Church is the Body of Christ, which participates in Christ. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that we will be called upon to suffer out of love. In the economy of grace, God may use our suffering to bear the burden of another member of the Body of Christ, just as one system can take up the work of another, or one organ can support another.
So, as we begin with Ash Wednesday, let us resolve to focus on Christ’s suffering, and to unite our own suffering-through fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and reflection on the Stations of the Cross-with the suffering members of the Church. It is not the destination but the journey that will ultimately transform us.”
I truly wish I could write like that! But, in the absence of that level of depth and understanding, I’m glad Bishop Barron can do it for me. As much as the idea of Lent, with its redemptive suffering, penitence, atonement, etc., can be “heady” topics, we still find ways to introduce and explain them to the students here at Saint Mary School. In fact, although some of our younger students might not be able to give a technical term for these actions, they are still able to understand and put these practices into action. The idea of being the “best version of themselves” they can be is not lost on them. I am so grateful for our rich and beautiful Catholic Faith. I rejoice in the opportunity to develop future “saints” and pass on all that’s good in Catholicism to them on a daily basis. After all, that is our mission; to ensure that the students in our charge get to heaven!
Please check our website, Facebook page and the Church bulletin for updates and upcoming events that you can enjoy with us. Please continue to pray for our school, its staff, students and families, and our clergy as we strive to provide an education that is unapologetically Catholic, family centered, caring to others and respectful to all. “It’s a great day to be a Saint!”
I hope you have a blessed and prosperous Lenten Season!
Craig Palmer