For Ash Wednesday, I am offering some words of wisdom from the bishop of my diocese, Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell as shared in The Catholic Mirror
As we begin Lent, we enter a time in which we are encouraged to undertake a self-denial, a fasting that will benefit not simply ourselves but others, a time to perform an in-depth evaluation of where we are going with our lives, especially in terms of our Christian values, a time to contemplate our mortality and repent of our sins, a time for an assessment of our potential as spiritual beings, made in the image and likeness of God. We examine where we're falling behind in our spiritual growth and make fresh resolves to carry on in our Christian calling with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. The mood is somber, yet full of promise. It is a journey from ashes to Easter.
I wish you all a very blessed and fruitful Lenten season.