Who needs Lent? I do, you do, we all do. We need this holy season of "Spring Cleaning". Time to look behind the nooks and crannies of our hearts and see the dust balls of sinful habits that have gathered there. Time to get out the stringent cleanser of penance and fasting to clean up our act.
Our 8th graders at Sacred Heart School wrote essays on the value of a Catholic Education at Sacred Heart School. You can read their essays by opening the PDF's here. Check back later because more will be added as they are submitted to the church office:
Medina_Essay.pdf (First place winner)
Sharing a link from Catholic365.com
Top Ten Favorite Excuses People Give for Not Going to Church (and my snarky responses to those excuses)
Leprosy – one of the most dreaded diseases in biblical times- made the person unclean (which he had to cry out), untouchable, a living corpse, a living death. The rabbis considered leprosy as difficult to cure as raising the dead. Let's stop there a moment- have you ever been shunned? Ignored? I had a relative who ignored another family member for 5 years. I have read and heard of this happening between family living in the same house. Never spoke, never acknowledged her existence. That kind of shunning is deadly; it kills the spirit. You might say just write them off, but it's not that easy. Not to be touched, to be spoken to, some marriages come close to that – it is deadly. We speak of being a social leper; this leper was ostracized and shunned in every sense- physically, socially and spiritually.