“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’ you can be sure you’ve already begun.” Saint Josemaría Escrivá
Dear Saint Raphael Parents & Friends:
Weeds are growing like crazy with all of the spring rains that we have had. My yard is filled with yellow flowers atop weeds that are wildly covering the area of our former garden. The plants are much happier and healthier without the weeds around them, even though the yellow flowers that are part of the weeds are deceivingly pretty. So, it is time to do some weeding!
Lent is like that time in spring when we need to remove those things in our lives that seem to be “pretty” and harmless but which actually choke off our ability to grow. For example, technology gives us many pretty images on our screens. Do we look at our phone screens more than we pay attention to those we love? Phones, televisions, iPads, and computers are supposed to be helpful. But when screen time is more important than family and listening, we need to think about how screens keep us from growing in our relationships.
Lent is also a time to redefine our prayer life. How do we help our children to be still, to find the quiet in their hearts? Try praying with your children. We have learned the Guardian Angel prayer at morning assembly and are practicing the quiet prayer of silence where we breathe deeply and remember that we are in the presence of God. It is simple, calming, and brings us closer to God and more mindful of each other.
Thank you to all those who made the Father-Daughter Dance a wonderful night. I know that many dads and daughters had a delightful evening. I also know that many moms worked to make this evening happen. Thank you to all!
Spring is in the air and so is planning for our Spring Fiesta on April 29, at Marin Catholic High School’s Student Center. We are asking families to help us spread the word and sell tickets for this fabulous evening of good food and fun dancing. Please look for the tickets and directions being sent home with each family.
May God help us to focus more on placing Him at the center of our lives in prayer and to “see” those we love by putting down our phones and looking up.
Lydia Collins, Principal