While pandemic altered some school traditions, Visitation senior says faith helped her class endure

Blain Beyene, a senior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, recently shared with her classmates a Lenten reflection, describing how the words of St. Augustine and St. Francis de Sales inspired her to see that through faith comes optimism, a much-needed virtue after more than a year of sacrifices and challenges for the class of 2021.

“It’s only through having faithfulness that we can break through the sad realities of our lives, and live in a way that changes them for the better. I love the way Pope Francis puts it. He says, ‘Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone,’” said Beyene in her Salesian reflections during the school’s March 25 Stations of the Cross Holy Week service. “I encourage us to remember that even when we feel overwhelmed and lonely, God is always with us.”

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