Lent is time to refocus on God’s love and forgiveness, Bishop Kettler says at Ash Wednesday Mass

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Bishop Donald Kettler makes the sign of the cross with ashes on the forehead of a woman during the Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Photo by Dianne Towalski/Visitor

February 18, 2015

The Visitor

Like a single flute player in a large symphony orchestra, we may be tempted to believe that our lives make very little difference in the big scheme of things.

But God wants each of us to know that we have a vital role to play in his grand design, Bishop Donald Kettler told the standing-room-only congregation at the noon Mass for Ash Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

“God wants you to hold yourself in high esteem,” he said during his homily. “God wants you to appreciate your own true worth. God wants you to know that you are uniquely valuable. God wants you to know that he needs you to stand up for justice and peace. Without you, the world, like a grand symphony, will be missing something that no one will be able to replace.”

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