Making space to hear God’s voice this Lent

Dear Helias Catholic family,

The liturgical season of Lent is upon us. Tomorrow our school community will gather for Mass. Ashes will be blessed and distributed. We will be reminded that we are dust and unto dust we shall return, or perhaps we will be told to repent and live the Gospel. Lent is certainly a time for us to look deep within ourselves and to take stock of our relationships with God, our family and friends, and our world.

We live in a world that does not make it easy to find time to reflect, to quiet our inner voice and to simply sit in silence. We struggle at times to hear God’s voice in the midst of our restlessness. I know that each year when Lent begins I resolve to make a concerted effort to more fully enter into the season and to spend time with God in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each year when Lent concludes I know I could have done better, I could have done more to make Lent meaningful — and the celebration of Easter cleanses me of disappointment in any perceived failures to observe a successful Lent. I tell myself: I will do better next year.

Well, next year is here. The opportunity to begin Lent with a strong desire to grow in my relationship with God and to truly reflect on my interior life begins again. Today I ask God for the grace to be open to His voice, to put aside my distractions and to spend time with Him in prayer.  

May God give all of us the grace this Lent to more fully enter into this season. My prayers and the prayers of the Helias Catholic community remain with you as we begin our Lenten journey.


John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

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