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Grit: Family Reflection Video

Grit: Family Reflection Video

Seasonal Reflections

“It’s Ash Wednesday. It’s cold. It’s February, but Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the great season of Lent. It’s climbing a mountain from this point all the way to the mountaintop at Easter. In order to get there, what do you need … well, we need to fast, pray, give alms … and I would say, we need GRIT as well …”

Listen to Father Willy’s inspiring message to take a new, fresh look at what your Lenten journey can be.

For Lenten resources that will lift you up and call you to greater depths than you’ve experienced before, go to FamilyRosary.org. Join us and others around the globe as we explore being “At the Foot of the Cross” with our Blessed Mother.


  • Father Willy's inspirational homily was recorded outside in the snow at the Father Peyton Center and played back during our Ash Wednesday Mass today. Please view the video on our Facebook page. (You don't need a Facebook account to view.) 
  • To view Rosary prayer and Mass streaming live, please visit our Facebook page at 11:30 am EST, Monday – Friday. Please invite your loved ones to join us too! (You don't need a Facebook account to view.)  

About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.

Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.