Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is a day when we celebrate and honor love in our lives. We do selfless things to show the depth of our love for the people about whom we care most. Today we also embark on a journey to make a return on the most selfless act of love in human history. God becoming man and willingly giving His life in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
Lent is a reality check of sorts-we are God’s good creation, but we are not perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. We all fall short of the fullness of life to which we are called—we all fall short of our call to holiness. But we are not without hope. We are To Be An Easter People and we look forward to celebrating the resurrection at Easter.
We might think of our Lenten observances as doing the hard work of amending our lives, of making a metanoia, a change of heart and returning again to the Lord, but in reality, our hard work and efforts will never merit eternal bliss in God’s presence. We must come face to face with the reality that we all need a savior. We all need God become man both to show us how to live life well and to make a gift of himself on the cross on our behalf.
So let’s take up the cross of Lent and do our part of the hard work to prepare to celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death. Let’s cooperate with God at work in us—as he shapes us in his holy and venerable hands, remaking us to better image Him—to better image love itself. Have a most blessed Lent.
The Freshman Retreat is a one day event hosted at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center. One third of the freshman class will attend on each day, along with upper-class peer leaders and faculty members. This retreat emphasizes imitating Christ’s example of servant leadership. Students should walk away from the day able to identify characteristics of servant leaders, characteristics of servant leadership that they possess, and a growing awareness that service is a response of Christian discipleship. The day will integrate prayer, witness, large group and small group discussion and will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist.
The Sophomore Retreat will allow us to dive deep into what it means to be created in God’s divine image and likeness, how to continue to grow into more loving persons, and how to allow Caritas to blossom in all our relationships. Content for this retreat is based on the text Theology of the Body for Teens; Discovering God’s Plan for Love and Life by Jason and Crystalina Evert with Brian Butler. The Sophomore Retreat is an overnight event hosted at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center. One quarter of the class will attend on each day, along with upper-class peer leaders and faculty members.
The three-fold goal of our retreat is as follows: to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and to invite Seniors to follow the way of Christ as they prepare to enter the world beyond high school; to build and to experience a sense of Christian community among those going on retreat; and to provide opportunities for Seniors to deepen, strengthen and heal relationships with classmates.
The CMH Senior Retreat is a long-standing tradition at our high school and is another way in which we reach out to students to help them develop personally and spiritually. We look forward to providing these days of reflecting, sharing, prayer, sacrament, and personal growth.