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Ash Wednesday – 2015


Hosea – COME BACK TO ME – Lyrics by John Michael Talbot

By Florence D’Costa

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent which is a 40 day period where we journey with Jesus Christ through His most sorrowful passion and death and ultimately we CELEBRATE EASTER, the Day He rose again in all His glory, when He conquered Sin and Death.

Catholics attend Mass on Ash Wednesday when the priest places ashes on our forehead and says the words :

1.   Repent and follow the Gospel.

2.   Thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.

During Lent, there are three things that we need to do ”

1.    Prayer  –  What is prayer?  Prayer is having a conversation with
with God.  We talk, God listens.  Then God talks and it
important to listen to what God is saying to us.
1 Tessolonians 5:17  “Pray without ceasing”  Does it
mean that we have to pray 24 x 7?  Yes.  Well, how
can we do this?  It means that we need to be in the
Presence of God all the time.  No matter what we are
doing – eating, working, dancing, cooking or sleeping,
we need to be conscious of the Presence of Jesus Christ.
When we are conscious of the Presence of Jesus Christ,
we would try our best to do everything to please Him
and thus we would be walking away from Sin.

2.    Fasting –  We are all called to abstain from eating meat on Ash
Wednesday, on all Fridays during Lent and on Good
Friday.  Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence
or reduction from certain or all food, drink or both for
a period of time.  WHY DO WE FAST DURING LENT?
We combine fasting, praying, contemplating on the
passion of Christ and engage in acts of self-discipline.
When we fast, our bodies become submissive to Our
Spirit.  This is another way of walking away from Sin.
We are also called to fast from our sinful habits.  We
can give up watching TV or watching less hours of TV.
Spend less time on the internet and make some more
sacrifices.  We can share our food with the poor.

3.Almsgiving – We can save some money during Lent and give our
to CARITAS.  This is an organization that helps the
poor and the needy.  I think it is very important for us
to give money to CARITAS this Lent as there are many
displaced Catholics and Christians.  These are the
people who have been driven out of their homes by
terrorists in Syria. They were forced to leave everything
behind and to flee for their lives if they refused to
convert to Islam.  These people are very poor indeed as
they gave up their homes and their life savings for
JESUS CHRIST.

So my dear Catholic and Christian brothers and sisters, let us begin our journey with Jesus Christ, this Lent.  For those of us who were
walking away from Christ, it is time to TURN AROUND AND TO COME BACK TO HIM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 17, 2015 - Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Contemplation, Fast, God, God the Father, God's Love, Jesus Christ, Lent, Love for God, married couples, Prayers, Presence of God, Repentance, Singles, Women, Youth

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