Best of the Week 2010-2020: Holy Cross Values


This week, the St. Ed's community gathered to celebrate the beginning of the Lenten season with Mass on Ash Wednesday. Symbolizing a time for repentance, reflection and fasting, Lent encourages us to be intentional about prayer, fasting and generosity through self-sacrifice. "Lent is the perfect opportunity for our Edsmen to live out our Self-Sacrifice standard. As we think about Christ's sacrifices for us, we are all challenged to think about how we are working for others and at St. Ed's, we offer numerous opportunities to affirm that aspect of our faith life that enrich our relationships with others and God," says Associate Dean of Student Life & Leadership Mr. Matt Wallenhorst '05. "I think most of our students would agree that helping our neighbor is worthwhile. Our Edsmen, both Catholic and non-Catholic students, learn about social responsibility. Being part of our Holy Cross traditions means living them out as witnesses of our standards and values. When we help others using our own gifts, we practice self-sacrifice through kindness which inevitably brings hope."

"Self-sacrifice is an essential part of our goal to be Christ-like in all that we do in our lives," says Dean of Students Mr. Mark Urban. "Ash Wednesday is a time for our community to demonstrate our certainty and commitment to 'Go and Do Likewise.' The Lenten tradition is a time for reflection and intentionality that helps us to repurpose our lives as we simplify our goals to focus on what is essential: giving the best of ourselves to others." To remember the love of God and the sacrifice Jesus made for us, our Student Ministers have planned a new daily activity called "40 Days 40 Ways." These activities provide students with different opportunities to connect with God and self-reflect during the Lenten season. Additional time for students to pray will be offered during Community Period in the Holy Family Chapel including praying the Visio Divina (imagery prayer) with the Campus Ministry Department, Lenten reflection led by Br. Dennis Bednarz, C.S.C. and Theology teacher Mr. John Barrett '11, and a Lectio Divina scripture reflection led by Dean of Academics Mr. Matt Stepnowsky.