Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday - 2013

"Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." (Mark 1:15)

With these words, or a variation of these words, Christians of various faith traditions receive ashes on their foreheads as a symbol of repentance and humility. Today, Ash Wednesday, we make a conscious and purposeful decision to begin a period of self-examination and repentance that lasts until Easter. "To repent" literally means to change your way thinking. It is a turning away from sin and, at the same time, a turning toward God with greater faith. True repentance, however, isn't just a one-time act, or something we so on a seasonal basis during Lent. True repentance is a lifestyle - a continual turning from sin toward God.

Lord, as we begin this Lenten season, reveal to us the areas of our lives where repentance is needed. Grant us the grace we need to turn away from the things that hinder our relationship with You and with our fellow man. Grant us the grace to faithfully believe the message of the Gospel. Amen.

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