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Ash Wednesday is this week – Lent is upon us!!  6 weeks of extra prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to prepare us for the awesome feast of Easter.

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”  I’ve always loved this quote by Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  In a sense, the quote sums up what Lent is all about.  It is a time to recall that our faith in God must always be the main thing, and to try to make a small dent in the other things that compete for the “Main Thing” status in our lives.

The three aspects of Lenten commitments should help us to keep God as the Main Thing –

  • PRAYER: Since God is the Main Thing, we remember that weekly worship and daily prayer cannot be supplanted by anything else, and we commit to increasing our prayer life in some way during Lent.
  • FASTING: We remember that food or other material things must never become “The Main Thing,” so we give something up as a way of saying, “We love God more!”
  • ALMSGIVING: We remember that others’ needs are more important than our wants, and we commit to some specific practice of sharing what we have with the poor.

May we become more attached to God and less attached to other things this Lent!

Ok, so here are the class plans for this week.  On Thursday, all classes will have the final session of “Promise to Keep.”

6th Grade will return to their study of Moses and the Exodus this week.  The Israelites have finally reached the Promised Land, only to be given 40 years to wander in the desert because of their lack of faith.  Reminder: 6th grade journals are due every Friday.

7th Graders will compete “God’s Plan for Love and Marriage” (Chapter 16 in the Religion Workbook).  This chapter has led to some very good discussions.  The class is good at asking questions that need to be answered, and asking them in a way that leads to respectful discussion.  No 7th grade journals this week, because of Promise to Keep on Thursday and Spirit Day on Friday.

8th Graders will wrap up their study of the fall of the Roman Empire, and the Church’s role in preserving culture and learning – particularly through the efforts of monks living in monasteries not destroyed by barbaric tribes –  during the days that followed (often referred to as the Dark Ages or the Middle Ages).