By Principal Matt Komar
Saint Leo the Great School
Lent is an opportunity for us to reflect on our journey to fully celebrate the Paschal Mystery that leads us to a new life in Christ and the joy of Easter.
This year, students in our eighth grade class were given an opportunity to read the Lenten message from Pope Francis and reflect on his message. Below are two reflections we hope will encourage you and support you on your own journey this Lenten season.
Lent Letter from Pope Francis
By Genesis Huerther
Every year, the lent letter from Pope Francis provides us with practical information on how to prepare for the Lenten season.
As stated in his letter, “(Lent) invites Christians to embody the Paschal Mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family and social lives, above all by fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.” By changing our attitude towards others and all creation, turning away from temptation, abandoning idolatry through prayer, and escaping from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves we can rediscover the joy of God’s plan for creation and for each of us. Lent truly is a blessed time in our lives to be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Romans 8:21)
Lent Letter Interpretation
By Abigail Michel
“The path to Easter demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness…” (from Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2019).
In his letter to the people, Pope Francis urges people of faith to turn away from sin during this Lenten season and to continue to stay away throughout the rest of our lives. He continues to tell us that “Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation…takes the shape of greed…” Lent is about repenting and getting ready for Jesus to come back to save us from our sins. Pope Francis wanted us to know, Lent isn’t about giving something up because you have to, it is about reflecting on the past to make way for a brighter future.