The following is a reflection from Pope Emeritus Benedict on the First Sunday of Lent
DELIVERANCE FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN
This is the First Sunday of lent, the liturgical season of 40 days that constitutes a spiritual journey in the Church in preparation for Easter. Essentially, it is a matter of following Jesus, who is walking with determination toward the cross, the culmination of his mission of salvation. If we ask ourselves ‘Why Lent’; ‘Why the cross?’ the answer in radical terms is this: because evil, indeed sin, which according to Scripture is the profound cause of all evil, exists. However, this affirmation is far from being taken for granted, and the very word ‘sin’ is not accepted by many because it implies religious view of the world and of the human being.
In fact, it is true: if God is eliminated from the world’s horizon, one cannot speak of sin. As when the sun is hidden, shadows disappear. Shadows only appear if the sun is out; hence the eclipse of God necessarily entails the eclipse of sin.
Therefore the sense of sin which is something different from the sense of guilt is acquired by rediscovering the sense of God. This is expressed by the Miserere Psalm, attributed to King David on the occasion if his double sin of adultery and homicide; ‘Against you, David says, addressing God, against you only have I sinned’
In the face of moral evil, God’s attitude is to oppose sin and save the sinner. God does tolerate evil because He is Love, Justice and Fidelity; and for this very reason, He does not desire the death if the sinner but wants the sinner to convert and live. To save humanity, God intervenes: we see this throughout the history of the Jewish people, beginning with the liberation from Egypt. God is determined to deliver His children from slavery in order to lead them to freedom. And the most serious and profound slavery is precisely that of sin.
For this reason, God sent His only Son into the world: to set men and women free from the domination of Satan, ‘the origin and cause of every sin.’ God sent Jesus in our mortal flesh so that he might become a victim of expiation, dying for us on the cross. The devil opposed this definitive and universal plan of salvation with all his might, as shown in particular in the Gospel of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, which is proclaimed every year on the First Sunday of lent. In fact, entering this liturgical season means continuously taking Christ’s side against sin; facing both as Church and as individuals, the spiritual fight against the spirit of evil each time.
Let us therefore invoke the maternal help of Mary Most Holy for the Lenten journey that has just begun so that it may be rich in fruits of conversion.
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE
Thank you for your interest in Prairie Catholic Schools. St. Gabriel’s campus is our elementary school, and encompasses grades Pre-K though 4th, and St. John’s campus is our middle school which entails grades 5th through 8th. Additionally, on-site daycare is available at the St. Gabriel’s campus.
We know that choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you face. The entire staff at Prairie Catholic appreciates the fact that you are willing to consider our school, and wish you to know that this is greatly appreciated. The education of our youth is an honor and a great responsibility that we do not take lightly.
A Catholic school offers a unique environment with very special opportunities for its students to grow spiritually. Prairie Catholic is no different. Our setting allows educators to share their faith and values while educating their students, your children. We are committed to helping children grow in faith and love and to display respect and fellowship. Prairie Catholic does not discriminate based on faith and includes many non-Catholic families. These families appreciate our caring, student-centered environment that teaches children to follow Christ’s command to love one another and treat others with respect.
Prairie Catholic provides a strong academic curriculum and a safe learning environment for students to reach their greatest potential. We support each child by recognizing his or her own talents and instilling an appreciation for the gifts of others. This atmosphere fosters a mutual respect for one another.
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