Season of Lent Begins

1/3/2017, Ash Wednesday


Abbot Brendan Coffey OSB presided at the morning assembly this morning and together with some of the Monks distributed ashes to staff and students before class.

In his short address Abbot Brendan referred to passages of scripture from St Luke’s Gospel  where Jesus stressed the importance of humility with respect to Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.

He highlighted the special relevance of these three acts during the season of Lent and mentioned how all three actions have their roots in the Old Testament reaching back to the time of Moses.



Prayer For The Beginning Of Lent

Let everything I do this day and in this season of Lent
come from you, be inspired by you.

I long to be closer to you.
Help me to remember that nothing is important in my life
unless it glorifies you in some way.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day of my life and keep saying,
“Tomorrow, I will spend more time in prayer,”
but now my longing meets your love and I want to do it now. 
Help me to rely on you for help.
The prayer asks you that I reach perfection.
Please, Lord, remind me that “perfection”
isn’t the crazy, “successful” way I try to live my life,
but a perfection of my most authentic, real self.
My “perfection” might be holding my many flaws in my open hands,
asking you to help me accept them.
Heal me, Lord, and help me to find you in the darkness of my life. 
Let me reach out in this darkness and feel your hand and love there to guide me

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