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St Valentine’s and Ash Wednesday

13th February 21

In this week’s Gospel, we heard a story about Jesus healing Simon Peter’s mother-in-law from sickness, but this is just one of many stories we hear about Jesus’ healing powers. These healings and miracles were signs that He had the power and authority of God – and He still heals today! God sometimes heals people physically – there are examples of this in places like Lourdes. But God also heals people emotionally – He forgives our sins and brings comfort to the sick.

Prayer is a way to find guidance from God. Just like Jesus, we can tell God all our worries and concerns, as well as things that we’re happy about and thankful for. We can pray to help us make decisions, just like Jesus did. When we do not listen to God, it is like we are wearing a blindfold and cannot see where to go. But when we talk to Him, it is like He takes the blindfold off and shows us the way.

This Sunday marks the Feast of St Valentine and is traditionally a day when we show our loved ones how much we care. There are many ways that we can show our love to others beyond Valentine’s Day. From making handmade cards to helping prepare a special family meal, our pupils have been encouraged to think of as many different ways as possible during the half term break.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent – a special time of prayer and repentance for 40 days before Easter. We must take time to think about how we can make small changes to help change our lives for the better. Making Lenten promises can help us to stay focused during this time.

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