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Marking Ash Wednesday

Do I live for fire or for ash?

It is a centuries old tradition for the Pope to celebrate the Eucharist on Ash Wednesday at Santa Sabina in Rome – the headquarters of the Dominican Family.  In his homily this year, Pope Francis reflected:

“Today we have been offered a sign that will help us find our direction: the head marked by ash. It is a sign that causes us to consider what occupies our mind. Our thoughts often focus on transient things, which come and go. The small mark of ash, which we will receive, is a subtle yet real reminder that of the many things occupying our thoughts, that we chase after and worry about every day, nothing will remain.”

“The culture of appearance prevalent today, which persuades us to live for passing things, is a great deception. It is like a blaze: once ended, only ash remains. Lent is the time to free ourselves from the illusion of chasing after dust. Lent is for rediscovering that we are created for the inextinguishable flame, not for ashes that immediately disappear…we should ask ourselves today: Where do I stand? Do I live for fire or for ash?”

Weekly Eucharist

Each Thursday at 8.00am our Chaplain Fr Kevin Toomey OP celebrates Eucharist with us in our College Chapel - students, staff, parents and members of the Siena community are always welcome. In coming weeks at this Eucharist we will also be blessing students and staff participating in the South African Immersion (21 March) and the Italy Language and Culture trip (28 March).




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