Inspiring Others During Lent

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Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. It is marked by prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins and fasting or self-denial both from food and things we really enjoy. Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion.

During Lent, we are preparing for a renewal on the part of every one of us. We are renewing our covenant with God, that was made for most of us at the time we were infants. But now we have the opportunity to make it very much personal, and real for us. Lent is the time we try harder to follow, or model, our lives on Jesus, where he humbly gave himself, in order to love.

Some of our girls have been inspiring others through their Lenten acts.

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Left to right: Shae Bastiani, Year 12, Ruby Farrell, Year 10 and Sophia Cowcher, Year 10

Shay Bastiani, Year 12

Lent for me is a time to reflect on the world revolving around us, and take inspiration from the acts of Jesus to progress into a more compassionate society. Paying attention to Jesus’ charity, service and sacrifice. We are all called to look out for and show appreciation for our brothers and sisters. This season of Lent calls people to put aside some of their own privileges and to become increasingly aware of the needs of others.

This year for Lent I was struggling to decide what I should give up. I thought of many food items that I could do without for a while but didn’t feel like it actually meant anything for me. So instead, I decided to donate some of my money from my part-time job, putting away $20 each week for five weeks and then giving this total to Caritas. My parents were kind enough to match my donation as well, doubling our Caritas contribution for this year.

I think Lent is a time for people to demonstrate their humility and compassion. Everyone’s actions and contributions can impact on the lives of others. It is important to remember that Lent is not just simply about giving up something; it’s about giving up something special to you to demonstrate solidarity with others.  It is also important to keep in mind how others may be less fortunate than ourselves and to acknowledge the sacrifice Jesus made for humanity. Being humble is extremely important during this season as well.

Ruby Farrell, Year 10

For me, Lent is a time of preparation, by fasting from the things that you enjoy and to serve others, leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. This year, for Lent I have given up Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube and gossiping; along with the daily commitment of reading the Bible every night.

Sophia Cowcher, Year 10

For me, Lent means to make a change in my life that will help me get over something and create good habits. Lent also means to me to help lift others by what I say or do for them. This year for Lent I have tried to compliment someone every day and always show how grateful I am for what I have, a home, food, clean water and wonderful family and friends.

A few of our students have inspired us to reflect on the meaning of Lent. What will you do in the last week of Lent to prepare for Easter?

With one week of term left, we remind you of Project Compassion and ask that students bring in their donations. All donations to Project Compassion go to Caritas and the amazing work this organisation does.

“Lives change, when we all give 100%” Caritas Australia


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