The Most Reverend David R. Choby Bishop of Nashville joined Father John Sims Baker, the priest who serves Belmont’s Catholic community, and the Office of Spiritual Development on Ash Wednesday to host a service for faculty, staff and students.
Held in honor of the Catholic tradition of Lent, Ash Wednesday celebrates a 40-day fasting period observed in preparation for the Easter season.
Bishop Choby spoke about the human need for physical manifestations of religious reality and the way human nature reflects a need of the recession of ashes. This season reminds Christians of what has come before and what will come after. It is an invitation for each person to reflect on his or her relationship with God.
He told the story of both creation and the prodigal son.
“I pray that God will bless us with a deep love for him and a deeper understanding of his love for us,” he said.