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All Saints Catholic School serves the north Dallas, Plano, and Collin county areas. We are a faith based elementary and middle school centered around Christ. ASCS exists to pass on the Catholic faith to our children in a challenging academic environment with Gospel values as a foundation and Christ as the model. Parents, the primary educators of their children, together with our community, share the common goal of preparing children for life-long learning and Christian service. All Saints Catholic School is committed to nurturing each child's spiritual, intellectual, social, moral, emotional and physical development.
Each week, our principal, Sister Denise Thompson, blogs about different happenings at All Saints Catholic School. Check out what's on her mind this week:
March 6, 2014
Welcome to the Lenten Journey!
As a child I didn’t really like Lent. We gave up the same thing every year – ice cream and potato chips. My mother really liked ice cream and potato chips so that’s what she gave up – and so did the rest of us. Now, if you’ve never eaten ice cream and potato chips together, the combination is that perfect sweet and salty combination. I remember it being a much bigger deal for Mom than it was for us. It’s not like we had ice cream every day or even every week. But those 6 weeks would drag on for an eternity. Once Easter arrived that first indulgence of bing cherry vanilla ice cream and chips was the best thing I ever tasted.
Over the years I have tried a variety of Lenten practices such as reading Scripture each day, going to Mass every day, working on a particular personal fault, etc. This Lent seemed to sneak up on me – it was probably that unexpected day off – it’s thrown off my entire week so last night I was thinking about what I should do this Lent. I was still thinking about it this morning and I came across a phrase from Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Teach us to be loving not only in great and exceptional moments,
But above all in the ordinary events of daily life.
That prayer is always part of the Lenten Morning Prayers but I’m always newly surprised when I see it again. It is one of those very simple but extremely profound prayers and one that is extraordinarily challenging to live day in and day out. But this Lent I want to work on doing exactly that – to try to find God’s grace and mercy in those situations that I find most difficult. I don’t know when those moments will come but I will be able to recognize them immediately! I hope that I will grow in love and compassion throughout this Lent. I pray that I will be able to find Christ in those around me and those I encounter.
I hope you will join me in this Lenten journey. Let’s pray for each other that we will be faithful to the voice of God calling us to great holiness.
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