Lessons for Year A - Venture
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3rd Sunday of Lent (Year A)First ScrutinyPOPE FRANCISSISTER SARAH HEGERSister Sarah Heger isthe principal of MarianMiddle School in St.Louis, Missouri, an all-girls school dedicatedto preparing girls inbody, mind, and spiritfor the challenges theyface. She is also theschool track coach. “We encourage each other to keep going, to keep getting better,”Nia, a sixth-grader says. “Noone in life does it alone,” saysSister Sarah. She speaks upfor girls.Pope Francis is worried about Earth. He wrote a letter to the whole world about his worry. “Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which our children will never see, because they have beenlost forever,” he writes. The pope asks us to take care of creation, to take public transit or carpool, to planttrees, to turn off the lights and air conditioning, and to recycle.“What kind of world do we want to leave to children?” he asks. PopeFrancis speaks up for Earth.QUEEN ESTHERQueen Esther knew all the Jews wouldbe killed if theevil Haman hadhis way. Eventhough she was forbidden to talk to the king unless he calledfor her, Esther spoke up for her people.The Samaritan woman had a conversation with Jesus at a well. She was so impressed with him that she left her water jar behind and went to tell herwhole village that Jesus was the Messiah. The Samaritan woman spoke up for Jesus.SAMARITAN WOMANCRAIG KIELBURGerCraig Kielburger founded the Free the Children movement when he was in 7th grade. He and his classmates in his Catholic school in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, decided to free all the children they could from poverty and child labor. Now Craig and his brother Marc head up ME to WE andempower young people to “Be the Change.” This spring Craig is at WE Days in Chicago, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, and all across Canada.Who do you know who speaks up for children? For refugees? For Earth?What do you stand up for?Who SpeaksUp?

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