Student Lenten Reflections: 4th Grade
“Fast from hurting words and say kind words.” – People should use this quote every day! I don’t know how many times words have hurt me. Trust me, you do not want to be mean to people. If you show a little love to someone then they’re gonna show love to you. To be honest, I’ve said hurtful things to people and regret it. You should be kind all the time. You want nothing to regret.
“Fast from anger and be filled with patience.” – I chose this because if my brother gets mad and cries, I have to be patient. It is important because my brother needs me to help him calm down and I need to respect that. I will do this by walking away when he is mad ,I can also help him being calm.
Student Lenten Reflections: 6th Grade
- “There are many things we can do during Lent but the most powerful action is to forgive. If we all could forgive each other then we could have world peace, but it is very hard to forgive your enemies. When you forgive your friends, it is easy, but when you have to forgive her enemies then that is really hard. In the season of Lent, we try to forgive and repent, so I wonder why we don’t forgive? I will try to follow God’s example by trying to forgive the people who hurt me. I wish that all of you try to forgive the people who hurt you in this season of Lent. Lastly, remember that when you forgive you are with God”
- “In a World War II death camp near Ravensbruck, a prayer was found on a piece of paper near a child who had perished. It was a prayer forgiving the people who treated the captives so poorly. It reminds us Lent is a season of forgiveness and a time we should be extra kind to others. The prayer talked about how God to remember all people regardless of their sins. I think this prayer speaks greatly of why we should always forgive others.”
- “During Lent, we can grow as people to strengthen our relationship with God and our community by knowing how our faith can affect our lives and how we can change. Instead of trying to change the big things that keep you away from God, you should change the smaller parts to strengthen your relationship with God. We can strengthen our relationship with our community by being involved in ministry at church. You can become an alter server, be a lector, join choir, or help with communion. When our relationship with God grows, we become more closer to him. We tend to become more of an adult. We see how this affects our lives in so many ways. Even if you are a child or adult who tends to be busy, you can always find time to make your relationship with God grow stronger.”
- “During Lent, we can grow as people in our relationship with God and our community. We can do this by not just going to mass on Tuesdays with their class but going on Sundays with our families. We may even be able to stay a couple of minutes after Mass has ended and just pray for everyone you love. During Lent, we can grow in our community by helping our elderly neighbors, or participate in events you would have to volunteer in. We’d get closer with God because we’re making others feel happy. Jesus helped everyone he could, and that is what everyone should aspire to do. This Lent, I aspire to inspire”
- “I can follow Christ’s example of selflessness by loving my enemies. Even in times where I am treated poorly, I can forgive and pray for the person treating me this way. It is easy to love someone who loves you, but it isn’t easy to love your enemies. No matter who someone is you have to treat them with kindness. Even in times when I want to be mean back, I will try to follow Christ example of selflessness. I need to try my absolute hardest instead of just saying I will. He has taught me better than that.”
- “I believe there are many ways to follow Christ’s example of selflessness. Christ never put his needs over the needs of other people and I can do the same thing by donating some to a charity or a homeless person. Christ also loved his enemies no matter what they did to him. I can forgive someone if they do something mean to me, but I should also love them like they are a friend. Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer to show that he loved God. We can all give up a few minutes of our free time to reverence our God. To follow God’s art of selflessness, we must put others’ needs and wishes before ours.”
- “The Ravensbruck prayer was found near a dead child stating forgiveness. This prayer reminds me of on Jesus’s Crucifixion, when Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they’re doing.” Jesus forgave everyone like the child did before they died. Saint Maria Goretti forgave the man who stabbed her multiple times. We can learn a lot from the forgiveness displayed by these people.”
Student Lenten Reflections: 7th Grade
Choose one of the three pillars of Lenten practice (almsgiving, prayer, and fasting) and write about at least two ways that you can focus on doing it in your own life during this Lent.
- “Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. We receive ashes on our foreheads and it means our need for ongoing repentance throughout our lives. Lent is a forty-day time period that leads up to the Church’s memorial of Christ’s Passion and death. During this period, we are preparing ourselves for His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Lenten period is very important because it also reflects Jesus’ time in the wilderness before the beginning of His public ministry. We are preparing ourselves just as Jesus prepared himself but we are turn our thoughts to repentance and focus on our sins. Also, we spend time to do good works and we renew our commitment to God. The church asks us to pray, fast, and give alms during this time. To me the most important one is fasting during lent. I will give up YouTube. This benefits me in two ways. Firstly, it will give me more time to spend with my family and secondly, it will keep me from watching harmful things.”
- “The Lent season is the period in which we remember Christ’s sacrifice and we reflect on our need for repentance. In this forty-day period, the church is devoted to reflection, preparation, giving alms, fasting, and praying. Fasting and praying are very important in this season. Fasting is when we intentionally give up something or deny ourselves something as a sacrificial offering. By praying we are forming our relationship with God and it is very important to make time for prayer. Of the three pillars of Lenten practice, I would choose prayer as the most important one to me. I can practice prayer by praying before I go to bed every night. I can focus on talking to God about my life and reflect on everything. I can also pray before every meal to give thanks to God.”