From the Principal
Wednesday marked the start of Lent. Given the focus locally on the flooding and internationally on the conflict in Ukraine, it is easy to overlook this incredibly important part of our liturgical calendar. Traditionally the start of a period of penance in the lead-up to Easter, Lent for many now has taken on a different meaning. There are many who see it as the chance to modify behaviour, or, more accurately, to start a new habit. So, we often see instructional things like 'choose kindness' or the like during Lent - as if kindness wasn't obvious as an option at other times of the year.
One thing that we could choose to be is present. Last week, Pope Francis broke from traditional protocol to travel in his car out of the Vatican City to the Russian Embassy. Of course, he was drawn there out of concern for the escalating conflict and with a particular eye on the treatment of those who are always disproportionately damaged by war like children, women and the elderly. There's a lesson though for everyone in his action.
He had a message that he felt was urgent, so he did something that pushed him out of his comfort zone to make sure that his witness, presence and faith made a difference.
On Wednesday, the College stopped at 9 am to offer a prayer in solidarity for the Ukrainian nation. We will be advertising more ways very soon that our community can support those displaced by the conflict, so that our Lenten witness can also make a difference.