Lenten Season Blessings from Kolbe Academy!

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The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci

Lenten Season Blessings from Kolbe Academy!

As we enter fully into the Lenten Season, I was reflecting on what a great blessing it is to have worked for a Catholic organization such as Kolbe Academy for more than 20 years. However, one particular challenge of working for a non-profit business is that that word “business.”  It can be all too easy to get overly focused on the business side of things—payroll, utility bills, human resources, etc.—to the neglect of the spiritual side. For this reason, we made a commitment a couple of years ago to strengthen the spiritual life of Kolbe as well. One of the practices we adopted is the praying of the Angelus every day at noon.

Be It Done Unto Me According to Thy Word

The Angelus, like many Catholic prayers, takes its name from the beginning of the prayer in Latin, in this case “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ,” or “The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.” (You can find the full text of the prayer here.) The prayer is traditionally said at the hours of 6 AM, 12 noon, and 6 PM. It takes just a few minutes, but we’ve found praying the Angelus together to be a great way to gather ourselves and refocus at mid-day. In particular, that phrase “Be it done unto me according to Thy word” reminds us to try to copy Mary’s “Fiat!” (let it be done!) in everything we do. By submitting our will to God’s Will, we hope to find ultimate success—a place in the Heavenly Kingdom.

A Place for You in What We Do

As we pray the Angelus, we also remember the many petitions that have been given to us, which we place at the foot of the Cross. We’d be delighted to pray for you and for your intentions during this Lenten season and always.  You may, if you wish, unite your prayers to ours for all of the petitions that have been given to us. If you have prayer requests for us, please email us at prayers@kolbe.org.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten season,

Mary Rowles
Executive Director