Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017

This homily was given on March 1, 2017 at St. Pius X Church, Westerly, R.I., by Fr. Raymond Suriani.  It is available in audio form only.
To listen to it, click here: Ash Wednesday 2017
Here is my poem ...


Forty days of interruption
To lives grown comfortable:
Lives built on shifting sand,
Instead of solid rock.

It’s a journey through the desert,
To confront both self and sin,
And renew a sacred friendship,
Or raise it from the grave.

It’s a time for introspection,
For charity and prayer:
Look in, look out, look up—
To forge love’s holy bond.

It requires perseverance,
And sincerity of heart,
To stay the course and not give up,
When that temptation comes.

For those who make this journey,
And let the season bear its fruit;
These forty days will always be
A most blessed interruption.

                          Fr. Ray Suriani