The season of goodness

The season of goodness

Students' foreheads were anointed with ashes by their Mentor teachers as an outward sign of their commitment to their faith.

This morning's Ash Wednesday Liturgy left students with some challenges ahead for the 40 days of Lent.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, and calls on all Christians to fast or go without certain luxuries until Easter Sunday.

During his Homily, Fr John Sebastian encouraged boys to reflect and consider what behaviours and attitudes they can give up for Lent, including anger and jealousy, and to focus on compassion and empathy for others.

Today's Gospel also called for humbleness when giving or going without, reminding students, "When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing."

This call was reiterated with the launch of the Catholic international aid organisation Caritas Australia's Project Compassion initiative. Coordinator of Service Learning, Mr Matthew Stockton encouraged the boys to go without a simple pleasure over the next 40 days and donate the money saved to those less fortunate.

Ash Wednesday is an important date for Catholics around the world, and holds special significance at CBC Fremantle. The Lenten season encourages boys to develop to key qualities: recognising and valuing the 'other'and being selfless. The season also promotes the practical application of EREA's Touchstones, particularly Justice and Solidarity.