On Wednesday this week, we marked the beginning of the season of Lent. We began the Ash Wednesday ritual by presenting the symbols of Lent which included a Purple Cloth, the ashes, an empty bowl and the Project Compassion boxes. Each of these symbols has a significance, especially in the season of Lent. We also brought forward the Book of the Gospels and the rosary beads which are symbols of prayer and reflection.
In the reflection, after the Gospel reading, we were reminded that we are to give without the expectation of receiving anything in return. We were prompted to see “what’s in it for us?” when we give is that when we give to others, we give ourselves another opportunity to become whole and develop our integrity.  When we acknowledge that we are intrinsically connected to all people throughout the world and we have a have a responsibility to care for all people, we grow in relationship with God and each other.  Jesus tells us not to worry about motive for giving, but rather to focus on doing the right thing as we all ultimately grow to wholeness when this happens. 

The ashes were then placed on the foreheads of each and every student while the following words were stated: “Repent and believe the Good News”.  Since Lent is a time of sacrifice and giving, it only seemed appropriate for Project Compassion 2017 to be formally launched during the ritual. This Year’s theme is ‘Loving Your Neighbour”. Education is a basic human right and we must do all that we can to help as many people as possible to have access to education.​