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Ash Wednesday reflection

Ash1Ash Wednesday comes from the Jewish practice of doing penance wearing “sackcloth and ashes.” The Old Testament tells us how the people of Nineveh, the Syrian King, Queen Esther and others fasted wearing sackcloth and ashes, Also, in the early Church, Christians who had committed serious sins were instructed to do public penance wearing sackcloth and ashes. The prophet Joel in his Old testament book insists that we should experience a complete conversion of heart, and not simply regret for our sins. We are invited to assimilate the true spirit of fasting and prayer.   We need to purify and renew our lives during the period of Lent by repentance, which means expressing sorrow for sins by turning away from occasions of sins and making a right turn to God. We need to express our repentance by being reconciled with God daily, by asking for forgiveness from those whom we have offended and by giving unconditional forgiveness to our neighbors who have offended us. Continue reading Ash Wednesday reflection

Our traditions: Ash Wednesday

Many Catholics who are not active in the Church will still seek out ashes this Wednesday. Likewise, many Jews who are not otherwise observant will follow the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, with great exactness, fasting and refraining from work and entertainment. People customarily dress in white as a symbol of purity and a reminder of God’s promise that our sins will be made white as snow. While the overture to Ash Wednesday for Christians may be a festive Mardi Gras celebration, for Jews it is the New Year feast of

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Reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent

File50 Ash Wednesday comes from the Jewish practice of doing penance wearing “sackcloth and ashes.” The Old Testament tells us how the people of Nineveh, the Syrian King, Queen Esther and others fasted wearing sackcloth and ashes, Also, in the early Church, Christians who had committed serious sins were instructed to do public penance wearing sackcloth and ashes. The prophet Joel in his Old testament book insists that we should experience a complete conversion of heart, and not simply regret for our sins. We are invited to assimilate the true spirit of fasting and prayer.  

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Ash Wednesday

“Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you shall return.”    Ash Wednesday!!!     The day to receive ashes! The day when LOTS of people flock to church to receive ashes.
In our church all 6 masses were packed with people.  2 Lenten services as well…. You never see so many children in church at Sunday Masses! Where do they come from???
We, priests, were happy that we could serve all those people and mark their foreheads with the sign of the cross. “Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you shall return.”     “Repent and believe in the gospel …”.  And as St. Paul encourages us –“be reconciled to God”. Continue reading Ash Wednesday