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Monday, October 9, 2017

"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
- Mark 9:50
Dear O'Hara Families,

O'Hara was honored to have Fr. Ron perform a blessing over the school & individual classrooms with Holy Water and Salt today. The purpose of this blessing is to ask God to bless our school - the building, the students, the teachers, the administrators, the families - and to provide an outward sign of our inward desire to honor God through all we do.

Many people are familiar with Holy Water (which is a reminder of our baptism and is used often as a sacramental in the Church), but maybe not with salt. WHY SALT? The use of salt in religious ceremony dates back to ancient Judaism. Salt is often used throughout scripture as a reminder of how we (as followers of Christ) should appear to others. The call to "Be Salt and Light" is one example. Salt offers flavor and preservation, just as a life in Christ offers true meaning (flavor) and salvation (preservation). In blessing our school with salt, we are given a tangible reminder that we are called to spiritual wisdom and to active participation in the way we live our faith.

For more information about Sacramentals like Salt and Holy Water, please check out these links:

"Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you."

-Isaiah 60:1