Friends of the Rosary:
Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin the liturgical season of Lent. During a 40-day period, we prepare to experience Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
We begin by wearing ashes and doing a small sacrifice of fasting. Also, we abstain from eating meat on all Fridays during Lent. And, ideally, each of us chooses our own personal penance.
The ashes imparted today during Mass are a sign of conversion, penance, fasting, and human mortality. We also prepare to battle with the spirits of evil, with the help of self-denial.
The act of ashes symbolizes our fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of Jesus and be reconciled to Our Father in Heaven.
[Written by Mikel A. | TheRosaryNetwork.org, New York]
During this solemn season, ideally, each of us should choose our own personal penance as well as some good act that he will perform (daily spiritual reading, daily Mass, extra prayers, almsgiving, volunteer work, housecleaning, etc.). Also, the whole family may wish to give up one thing together (TV, movies, desserts) or do something extra (family rosary, Holy Hour…).
- Message for Lent 2020 of Pope Francis: We Implore You on Behalf of Christ, Be Reconciled to God