Ash Wednesday: Day of Reflection
February 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$65
Directed by Andy Otto, MA
Ash Wednesday begins the journey of 40 days that prepare us to celebrate Easter. Ashes are a sign of our own mortality and a cry to be redeemed from sin and death. And they point to a day of resurrection, where Christ himself responds to sin with forgiveness, and where in his own death Christ opens for us all the promise of life beyond death. Come share this day of reflection where together we look at the humble stance of one who takes ashes upon oneself. Then look at the journey of Lent itself, as it calls us to repent and find healing for our sinfulness. Finally, see the promise of companionship with Christ, which is the gift given us as we enter the waters of baptism and share with Jesus the promise of life everlasting.
Andy Otto, MA, is a member of the Pastoral department at Ignatius House where he guides digital programming and leads retreats. He also works in Adult Faith Formation at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur, Ga., a Jesuit parish. He holds an M.A. in Theology and Ministry from Boston College. Originally from Boston, Andy spent nearly three years as a Jesuit studying for the priesthood, which helped form his love for Ignatian spirituality. During that time, he taught primary school students in Syracuse, NY and Kingston, Jamaica, worked at a palliative care cancer hospital in the Bronx, and was a chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He is the creator of GodInAllThings.com, and is the author of God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary. Andy enjoys helping people discover the wisdom of discernment in the Ignatian tradition.
Check-in begins at 8:45am. Program begins in the Chapel promptly at 9am. Lunch will be served in the dining room mid-day. Conclude with Mass at 2:30pm.