Lenten Reflections with Fr. Frank Donio

At Catholic University we come together every day as a community that is called and animated by faith, service, and love of our neighbor. During this most holy and solemn season of Lent, we are called into prayer and reflection in a special way, whether on campus or online, as one Catholic University.

On behalf of the Alumni Association, we invite you to join us and your fellow alumni as we journey through Lent with short reflections from alumni and other members of the Catholic University community.

Deus Lux Mea Est (God Is My Light)

Deus Lux Mea Est (God is my light) is the motto of The Catholic University of America. Of course, as an alumnus, you knew that. We can follow many other “lights” in our lives that are not God. Each of us can make a personal list of those “lights.” They often lead to stumbling around in darkness when true light is right there within reach. It is the light of God’s love.

Fr. Frank Donio
Fr. Frank Donio

Lent is a very good time for us to discern if we have truly made God our light. The disciplines of Lent – prayer, fasting, and almsgiving – challenge us to shine the light of God into the darkness and experience God’s healing, forgiveness, and love. St. John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:16). The love of God we experience needs to be shared with all those we meet. It is in that sharing of God’s love that we more fully know God as our light. 

Thousands and thousands of our alumni bear God’s light every day through their selfless service, especially to the poor and the suffering. May we all be bearers of God’s light and love not only during Lent, but always.

— Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., B.A. 1989, M.A. 1993, D.Min. 2012
Former president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors