A Note from Mrs. Preston
Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s School,
It seems such an odd juxtaposition, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday falling on the same day this month. On Valentine’s Day, shiny red boxes of chocolate, beautiful flowers and sweet cards are given to those we love as a sign of our devotion. At Mass on Ash Wednesday, black ashes are placed on our forehead in the form of a cross as a sign of the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. For forty days we focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Currently we have pink, red and white valentines hanging on our literary tree in the school hallway. On these valentines the students have written about why they love St. Peter’s School:
“I love St. Peter’s because it is unique. Everyone here loves God and we are all friends and we are nice to each other.”
“I love St. Peter’s because I love to learn.”
“I love St. Peter’s because of the staff. They are patient and kind. I also love St. Peter’s because of the way we are allowed to express our faith.”
These positive insights are appreciated by the faculty and staff.
As I reflected upon the season of Lent, I was reminded of a refrain my father said at each of my 5 sibling’s weddings:
“A song is not a song until it’s been sung, A bell is not a bell until it’s been rung.
And so it is that love is not love until it’s been given away.”
God sent his only Son, the Blessed Mother endured the passion and death of Jesus, the apostles hid in fear after their friend had been put to death; all so that we could enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no greater love than the love given to us by God.
I see evidence of sacrificial love all around me at St. Peter’s; parents who work hard to send their child(ren) to a school where values and standards are shared and respected. Teachers whose love for each student is evident in their preparation, recognition of student needs and celebration of successes.
Sacrificial love does not come wrapped in a shiny heart-shaped box, but it is the love that is given away that most closely resembles God’s love for us.
Through the practice of prayer and sacrifice, may you experience God’s love during this Lenten season.