Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the kickoff to Lent. 

During the Ash Wednesday liturgy, the priest traces a cross on our foreheads. Usually, the priest will state “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Another option in the liturgy, one used less often is:

“Repent and believe in the Gospel.”  

Jesus’ first words of his public ministry as he emerged from the desert were “repent.” The original Greek term used in Scripture for “repent” is “metanoia“, which means a radical transformation of mind and heart — a complete turning away from what may harm us spiritually (sin) and a turning toward God. 

And this is the objective of the season of Lent: metanoia — to allow our minds to be transformed, to be freed from things that bind us to be liberated for love.

The Church proposes fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as means to be liberated for love during Lent in preparation for Easter, the Resurrection of Christ, and the fulfillment of Love through Christ’s life. Check out the resource below: we have included a plan for discerning one’s call to fast, pray, and give alms this Lent.

And this is my prayer for you this Lent:

That you become more fully liberated for Love. 

John

“Be reconciled to God. Behold, now is the acceptable time.”  2 Cor 6:2

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. During these 40 days, we will journey through the Passion, Death, and Ressurection of Our Lord. It is a time for us to mourn and do penance for our sins as we seek to convert our hearts back to God. It is a time of self-reflection, deeper conversion, and seeking to give more of yourself to Christ. 

We invite you to rest your earthly priorities onto Christ and enter into this season with hearts ready for prayer and reflection.

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