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April 21, 2021

"...Until Christ Be Formed in You"

A weekly e-newsletter from Campus Ministry to help students and other members of the Assumption community grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and learn about opportunities for prayer and worship, service and justice, and spiritual growth and development.

A Letter from
Maeve McDonald '21

I think that this is the most challenging time of year.  We are finally free from early sunsets, pitch black mornings and frozen cars and are transitioning into dewy mornings, warm air and soft rainfall.
 
And yet, the transition is not as clear or as complete as we would likely prefer.  We are teased by the warm weather.  Our picnics basking in the fresh smelling grass, walks in the warmth of the afternoon sun, sleeping with the windows open as a soft breeze is billowing the curtains can all be snatched away in the blink of an eye.
 
As we sleep, the world undergoes a drastic transformation and we are reminded of how quickly things can shift.  We are met with raw weather, bitter winds, and gray skies. 
 
Sometimes these transitions can feel overwhelming.  How can we maintain balance when things aren’t consistent? How can we find hope when the light turns quickly into darkness?  How can we persevere through this difficult season, trusting that better days are to come?  
 
As always, our answer can be found in Scripture.  Lamentations 3: 22-24 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion: therefore, I will wait for Him.”
 
I challenge you this week to find at least two ways that God demonstrates His sustaining love to you.  Take the time to thank Him for these great gifts.  Allow yourself to be comforted by the promise that His faithfulness holds.  Even as the world undergoes its many transitions, cling to Christ and He will cling to you. 

(Maeve McDonald '21 is a member of the Campus Ministry Student Leader Council.)

Statement from Minneapolis Archbishop 

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Minnesota Catholic Conference released this statement following yesterday's verdict in the killing of George Floyd:

"As a diverse community, the Catholic Church is committed to changing hearts and minds and to moving the conversation about race in this country beyond accusations and recriminations toward practical, nonviolent solutions to the everyday problems that are encountered in these communities.

“Let us pray that through the revelation of so much pain and sadness, that God strengthens us to cleanse our land of the evil of racism which also manifests in ways that are hardly ever spoken, ways that never reach the headlines. Let us then join in the hard work of peacefully rebuilding what hatred and frustration have torn down. This is the true call of a disciple and the real work of restorative justice. Let us not lose the opportunity to pray that the Holy Spirit falls like a flood on our land again, as at Pentecost, providing us with spiritual, emotional, and physical healing, as well as new ways to teach, preach, and model the Gospel message in how we treat each other.”

 

Transitions in Assumption's FOCUS Team

As the academic year draws to a close, we prepare to bid farewell to three members of Assumption's FOCUS team: Emily McCall, Grace Dietz and Ben Marsh.  Danny Payne will return next year as the FOCUS Team Director.  We thank Emily, Grace and Ben for their missionary work among us over the past two years and pray that God will bless them abundantly as they move into the next part of their life's journey.  Three new FOCUS missionaries, to be announced this summer, will join Assumption's team in August.

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