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“Lighting The Way” Newsletter | “Mardi Gras” – Fat Tuesday

“Lighting The Way” shares the mission of the College and the mission of the Presentation Sisters.  If you find it of interest,  please email Sister Marilyn Dunn (srmarilyn.dunn@presentation.edu) to receive the newsletter.

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In many parts of the world today, there are big celebrations for “Mardi Gras” – Fat Tuesday (the last day before Lent).  I recall when I lived in New Orleans, probably the Mardi Gras capital for the United States, the police would ride through the downtown section of the city shortly before midnight and remind people it was time to go home because the next day was the beginning of Lent.  Thankfully, that does not seem to be necessary at Presentation – we are either snug in our beds at that hour trying to get warm, or we are doing some last minute preparations for the next day’s activities.

Lent is a special time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  You will likely do lots of praying when you need something, but don’t forget that attending the various liturgies at your churches throughout the Lenten season can bring you some much needed help as well.  The Scriptures give us several examples of fasting – the people lived on mostly manna in the desert (Exodus 16), and Jesus fasted for forty days in the desert before beginning his public ministry (Mark 1:12).  Lent is a time for you to select something from which you are invited to fast – either from food or from something that our consumer society thinks we need.  When we combine fasting with almsgiving (sharing what we have saved by fasting), this is Prayer In Action.   

Last week, I mentioned that we would have a “Prayer In Action” project here at Presentation whereby we are invited to give the money we save by fasting to help the poor and needy in our state.  Starting tomorrow you will see containers in various locations at your campuses for your donations, even $1 from each student would be a great help.  Try to be generous!  Use whatever opportunity that shows itself to you to assist those who have less.

Have a Happy Spring Break next week – and God bless you!

Sister Marilyn Dunn, (srmarilyn.dunn@presentation.edu)

Assistant in Student Services and Mission

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