Lent demands even more of us this year 

Ash Wednesday

On this Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent – OPSEU/SEFPO sends best wishes to members setting out on their 40-day journey to Easter.

Many may have mixed feelings about this year’s celebration. All of us have given up so much of what we thought was a normal life in the past year. It’s been tough, to say the least.

We’ve endured the sickness and even deaths of loved ones, job losses and work reductions, business failures, front-line burnout, cancelled holidays and celebrations, social and family isolation, depression and domestic violence. We’ve struggled to work from home while taking care of dependants and supervising our kids’ education.

But Lent is a time to look beyond our own suffering and look for ways to ease the suffering of others. So this year for example, when considering what to give up – try to pass that which you give up to those less fortunate. The possibilities are endless. It’s a great way to give substance to our sacrifices.

It’s in that spirit of generosity that we wish a meaningful and fulfilling Lent.

In solidarity,

OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer