Posts Tagged ‘Ash Wednesday’

Ash Wednesday: Beginning Our Lenten Pilgrimage

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Today, our Lenten pilgrimage to the Paschal Mystery begins with people receiving ashes imposed on their foreheads in the sign of the cross, indicating a humble awareness of our human frailty and need to be cleansed and reconciled to God our Creator with all our heart. For forty days, we walk with the Lord Jesus […] [Read more]

Lent in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Each Ash Wednesday, I open the season of Lent by celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. As the liturgy unfolds here and throughout the area, we see an inspiring witness of faith. Ash Wednesday is always quite popular, with large numbers of people attending and sometimes an overflow crowd standing outside. […] [Read more]

God’s Covenant with His Children

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Anyone who reads the Book of Genesis carefully will notice the prominence of the theme of “covenant.” As summarized in the Catechism, God repeatedly makes covenants: with Noah, with Abraham, with Abraham’s son Isaac, and with his son Jacob (CCC 54-73). Indeed, the theme pervades the Old Testament, as God makes covenants with the people […] [Read more]

“Remember You are Dust and to Dust You Shall Return”

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Of all the days on the liturgical calendar, Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular. There is something about it that touches us on a fundamental level and it is not unusual to see churches full of people who come forward to receive ashes. The season of Lent is set aside for us to […] [Read more]

Proclaim a Fast

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we hear on Ash Wednesday, with the prophet Joel saying to us, “Proclaim a fast!” With this instruction, the Church begins the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

Return to the Lord with Your Whole Heart, for He is Merciful

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Today in many of our churches, the words, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel,” from the Gospel of Mark (1:15) will be repeated as Catholics have their foreheads signed with ashes to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.  This holy […] [Read more]