Ash Wednesday 2019
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time of penance, reparation for our sins and participation in the Paschal Mystery (life, suffering, death, resurrection) of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
It is a graced time when our Faith becomes very Incarnational - tangible, physical. It is a time when we put into special practice the three great acts of religion going back 3,000 years in our Judeo-Christian Faith tradition. Those acts are --
Prayer - connect with God through extra times of prayer
Fasting - deny yourself something you like in order to grow in self-discipline and openness to spiritual realities
Almsgiving - give of yourself to meet the needs of other people
Unfortunately, many people today have walked away from this rich experience of community. Perhaps you might invite a friend or family member to join you for one of the special Lenten Masses, Stations of the Cross, or other activities at your Church. Without faith, people become lost and isolated. This is an anointed time in which Catholics, and all believers in Jesus Christ, around the world make an extra effort to open themselves to God and to grow in His Spirit and His Grace.
May you have a Blessed Lent!