Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #3

Ignatian Mission & Identity

Written by
Adam Calderone
Deputy Principal, Ignatian Mission and Identity

Lenten Reflection – Almsgiving

Almsgiving is one of the three pillars of Lenten observance, alongside prayer and fasting. It is a powerful and transformative act that calls us to reach beyond ourselves and extend a helping hand to those in need.

In our fast-paced lives, it's easy to become consumed by our daily challenges and responsibilities. Lent invites us to pause, reevaluate our priorities, and consider the well-being of others. Almsgiving challenges us to step outside our comfort zones and share our blessings with those who are less fortunate. It is a tangible expression of love and compassion, reflecting the selfless example set by Jesus Christ.

The act of giving alms goes beyond the material aspect; it is an acknowledgment of our interconnectedness as a community. Through our generosity, we strengthen the bonds that unite us, fostering a sense of solidarity and empathy. As members of our college community, let us be mindful of the struggles faced by our neighbours and actively seek ways to alleviate their burdens.

Moreover, almsgiving is not solely about financial contributions. It encompasses acts of kindness, time devoted to volunteer work, and a genuine commitment to understanding the needs of others. By engaging in these acts of charity, we cultivate a spirit of generosity that extends far beyond the Lenten season.

This Lent, let us challenge ourselves to embrace almsgiving wholeheartedly. Start by reflecting on the blessings you have received and discern how you can share those blessings with others. Whether it's donating to Caritas Project Compassion, volunteering your time (such as our Year 11 students going on Christian Service), or simply offering a listening ear to someone in need, every act of kindness contributes to building a more compassionate and caring community.

May our collective efforts during this Lenten season be a testament to the transformative power of almsgiving. As we journey toward Easter, let us not only seek personal renewal but also strive to be a source of hope and support for those around us. In doing so, we emulate the teachings of Christ and fulfil the true spirit of Lent.

Ignatian 2024: Edition #3 Lenten Reflection - Almsgiving

Caritas Project Compassion – Term 1 fundraiser

As we journey together through Lent, we again look to contribute to the Caritas Project Compassion fundraising appeal. This annual campaign, deeply rooted in the Catholic ethos of love and compassion, calls us to unite in solidarity with communities in Australia and around the world facing poverty, injustice, and hardship. Thank you to families who have already donated to Caritas this term! There is still time to donate.

Each Mentor has been given a money box to collect donations from our community. Alternatively, you may wish to donate on your child’s House’s fundraising page at the following link: Loyola College - Watsonia - Caritas | Project Compassion Schools Please navigate to the bottom of the page to see each House profile. Select the House your child belongs to and then donate on the House profile page. Students can also make a profile if they wish, share that with family and friends and link it to their House.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Thank you for your continued support!

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