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Ash Wednesday 2018

Today we are once again beginning the holy season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is once again upon us.  Interestingly this year it is also Valentine's Day in the United States of America.  I wonder which will win tonight, the restaurants or the Church.  For us Catholics today is both a day of fasting (one full meal for the day) and abstinence (no eating of meat today.)  Today a wonderful thing happens.  Catholic churches are filled.  For those who do not come regularly today is a day not to come and see but to come and stay!  The ashes remind us of what Pope Francis said, the Church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum of saints.  Confession is available for whoever wishes to be forgiven and come back to the fold.  As we walk around with the crosses on our forehead we remind all about God.  God is love and he loves you very much.



For further reading on Ash Wednesday, Lent, Fasting and Abstinence please see: www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/questions-and-answers-about-lent.cfm


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