Lent at Villa Maria Begins with Ash Wednesday Mass

Members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society opened Villa Maria Ash Wednesday Mass with a meditation on the role and symbolism of music. Father Keith Hollis, OSA, spoke to the students about using the time during Lent, saying, “Lent is a tremendous time to work on character.” Fr. Hollis also asked the community to consider the words of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles:

“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail. In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent.

“I know when people speak and share they’re weaknesses, I listen. Because I can (relate). I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles. That’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.”