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Mission:

As the Heart of the Cardinal O’Hara Family, Campus Ministry exists to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ’s redeeming Love, to grow as disciples in that Love, to develop healthy relationships through that Love, to serve others with that Love, and to return that Love to God in worship.

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From Father Masson

 

 

Every day we are challenged by the gospel to live our lives with purpose and meaning.  It is very easy for me to forget where that meaning is found. I search in my work, in idol entertainment, in an image of myself, or in surface level relationships.  However God gives us this great Season of Lent to strip from our lives what is truly NOT important. To get rid of those things that we overemphasize and stress about but really have no eternal meaning. 

 

This Lent we are challenged to “Live Lent with Purpose”. We are challenged to enter into  this penitential season of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving with a goal. The ultimate goal of Lent is to enter more fully into the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. So how do we do that? We can intentionally take time to unite our hearts and minds to Christ every day in prayer and the Sacraments. We can work to intentionally remove from our lives what we have been putting up as obstacles to experiencing meaning and purpose in how we live.   And we can seek out ways to be generous with our classmates, families, and friends. Mindful of the goal, let us embrace the challenge to Live Lent with Purpose. 

 

 

All public celebrations of Mass are canceled as response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However the Commandment to keep Holy the Sabbath still remains. There are many ways for us to do this on our own and/or with our families and friends: 

 

    • There are links to Live Stream Mass from the Cathedral and many parishes in the area that help us to still come together in prayer. (Link Below)
    • We can find the readings for this Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, and spend time in prayer meditating their meaning and what they are saying to you. I have added some links that may help. 
    • This a great time read good lenten reflections, a spiritual book, and most importantly spend time with scripture.
    • We can use this time to pray a Rosary
    • Take some time for another devotion for which may not normally have the time, such as the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
    • Read about and pray with the Saints.
    • Fast from noise and spend some time in silence.
         
        These are simply some suggestions and tips that may help. It is not an exhaustive list by any means.  There are many ways we can still do our best to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day and grow in our relationship with our God as we practice Social Distancing.
 
 
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Today is the 4th Sunday of Lent, known as Laetare Sunday, or Sunday for rejoicing. In this penitential and reflective season we take a moment to look ahead at what is to come. As we look ahead we rejoice to remember why are doing all this spiritual preparation. We can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In the Readings we hear about the Prophet Samuel anointing David as God’s choice to follow Saul as King of Israel. St. Paul reminds us to live as children of the light. Finally in the Gospel, St. John gives us the story of Jesus healing a blind man on the Sabbath and the following problems with Pharisees. In all of these we are moving from darkness to Light.

 

            We are past the half way point of Lent and we can see the first glimpses of the promised Easter celebrations as the first rays of light coming from the sunrise. The darkness that King Saul is leading his people into is being turned around. St. Paul is encouraging us to put away deeds of sin and darkness and live in the Light of Christ. Jesus in grants sight to the blind but in a bigger way helps him to see with the light of Faith, that is much more important.

 

            So how are we doing? Is our Lenten Journey shining light into our darkness as Jesus desires? Are we living as Children of the Light putting away deeds of “Darkness”? Are we allowing Christ to heal us and reveal to us a deeper meaning, a faith that lights up the darkness that can so easily slip into our lives? This is a good point for us to pause in our Lenten Journey and ask ourselves these questions. However we must remember that this Light does not come in an instant but it is a journey. It is not a light switch but a journey comparable to building of a fire. It starts small and needs works. The fire needs to be attended and looked after. It needs to be fed with more fuel. A fire needs to be sheltered from strong winds or water that would that snuff out the flame. It is the same with the gift of the a spark of Faith in hearts.

 

            Our challenge this week is to look ahead rejoicing while not forgetting that we still have a journey ahead of us. We can see the light of the finish line but this does not give us cause to relax or slow down and coast. This glimpse of the finish line is motivation to renew our efforts using the gift of Faith to light our path to finish the journey strong.

 


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Reminder to "LIVE LENT WITH PURPOSE"