Yesterday you probably saw people walking around with a black smudge in the middle of their foreheads. That is because yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Catholic season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day fasting period, mirroring the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert and being tempted by the devil, before taking on his public ministry.
During this time, Catholics are asked to give up a luxury or complete an actual food fast. Most give up meat on Fridays. However, a lot of people make changes like giving up chocolate or sweets, quit swearing, drinking, or another vice. Other people try to do something that will benefit them spiritually like attending mass as opposed to sleeping in, or giving back by volunteering to help others.
The lenten season is another chance to start again; to reset your mind, your body, and your spirit. We all need that every now and then.
- 5 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith On Ash Wednesday (marysaggies.blogspot.com)
- Ash Wednesday….And Away We Go (mph510.wordpress.com)
- Ash Wednesday and the Five of Pentacles (corrinekenner.com)