Today, Ash Wednesday, is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but Catholics around the world will attend Mass and receive the sacramental ashes on our foreheads. Why do we do so? Heidi Busse, who writes the Every Day Faith blog on the OSV Parish web site, has a good post about it here, and says in part, 'in receiving the ashes, we are entering into the time of Lent, preparing for Easter with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We are embracing Jesus' journey: the cross of suffering and the promise of Resurrection.'
Earlier, we posted the video about a Simple Plan for Lent: The 1-1-1 Plan. It's by Father Jim Shafer of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend, and suggests that in addition to embracing the fundamentals of Lent -- fasting, prayer, and almsgiving -- we focus on one sin, give up on thing, and begin one new fatih habit. If you didn't watch the video previously just go here to see it and read the article from OSV Newsweekly about it.
Let us know how Lent goes for you during this Year of Faith!