The St. Thomas campus community was blessed to share in the Holy Mass of Ash Wednesday with Fr. Mitch Dowalgo, CSB serving as principal celebrant, encouraging all to renew their hope in Christ’s promises and their own commitment to follow Him ever more closely, particularly entering the annual liturgical period of Lent, a time of penitence on the path towards Resurrection.
Fr. Dowalgo told the assembled students, faculty and staff gathered in Cemo Auditorium the “genius” of fasting, praying and giving during the Lenten season.
“The three work together,” Fr. Dowalgo said. “The sacrifice is making that space for God in our lives, realizing that we are self-centered in our sinfulness … what can you give up that stands in the way of your relationship with Jesus … if you’re going to talk about that relationship, you have to know Him, listen to Him, (ask) where is He in my life today, what touched me … what are we doing (during Lent) to reach out to others, to address a need of someone else, someone who needs a compassionate heart … when we encounter the love of God there is something that transforms us … and that is where we are called to stretch as Christians, to let go and open ourselves to the transforming love of God.”