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Stan and Karen Sluder at the Scholarship Ball
By Stan Sluder | Mr. Sluder works for Peoples Bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and his wife Karen have three children. Their two daughters, Brianna and Sarah, attend Benedictine College.
This first weekend in Lent I will be remembering my most recent weekend at Benedictine College.
It was a great weekend in Atchison and Overland Park for the Scholarship Ball, spending time with my daughters and the incredible community of Benedictine College. The weekend was capped off with a wonderful celebration of the Mass at the Abbey.” Father Brendan Rolling in his homily talked about the honor of walking a mile with the students and community of the College. I was reminded that we are called to “walk a mile with our brothers and sisters.”
The word that really stuck me is “with” — not “for” or “instead of,” but “with.”
Our walk in this world is unique and individual and while I have been blessed with an immense amount of love and support on my walk thus far, I still have to walk it. Simon carried Christ’s cross but he did not carry Christ. As I look toward Lent and my journey to the top of Calvary, I was reminded of three things:
As we begin our Lenten journey let us not forget the purpose of the trip. We walk in a community of believers making the same strides, stumbling on the same stones. As we walk we have support and aid from others, but we each have our own journey to make. What an honor it is to walk together toward Christ!