The greatest fulfillment is in doing God’s will.
We do not have to do great things, only small things with great love.
We do not have to be extraordinary in any way.
I can do what you can’t do and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do something beautiful for God. We can be the little pencils in the hand of God.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for us.
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?” (Luke 9: 24 – 25)
Lent is a time for reflection, repentance, and prayer. These forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence began Ash Wednesday and will conclude at sundown on Holy Thursday. In today's strange, unreal, and sometimes unforgiving world, we can feel loss more than ever. Loss of the normal routines of life, loss of milestones not celebrated fully as before, loss of a family member or friend, loss of self and center.
Brothers and sisters, remember that you are not lost. You are loved and uniquely made by God and you are not alone. Life will have its challenges and sense of loss, but our hope is sharing eternal life with our Lord and Father. Eternal life which Christ granted us with his pure sacrifice and love.
With every piece of loss or challenge of our beliefs and when heaven seems so far away, we have light in the darkness. It is through the gift of fortitude, a gift bestowed onto us in our Baptism through the Holy Spirit and a gift sealed within us in our Confirmation, that supports us with human effort in this earthly life to a blessed eternity with God.
Let us all lose ourselves in helping our brothers and sisters during this Lenten season, and reaching out to others in need whether it be physically, emotionally, socially, or spiritually. With our Lord’s grace, we have the power to heal and help each other and strengthen ourselves to walk in our Lord’s path fortified by His gifts and great love.
In addition to your Lenten sacrifice today, pray about one way that you can reach out in love to another – a family member, a friend, a neighbor or someone you might not even know. Ask God to guide you in one extraordinary act of love today.
Mr. Jesse Read, Principal - Conewago Campus