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Catholics generally do not wear their faith on their sleeves. When Jesus spoke to the masses on the Sermon on the Mount he brought up a number of ideas that are important to us as Catholics today and are especially important as we begin the season of Lent. Firstly when giving to the poor our right hand should not know what the left hand is doing. He continued in the same vein by saying that when praying we should go to our inner room, close the door, and pray to our Father in secret. However on Ash Wednesday Catholics can be spotted very easily. It is the one day in the year when Catholics actually wear their faith on their foreheads. According to the American Catholic newspaper, “Masses on Ash Wednesday are better attended than Masses on most holy days, except Christmas.”

Why is this day so special? Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and the ashes we receive are an outward sign of our need for penance. Ashes also symbolise our mortality and remind us that one day we will die and our bodies will return to dust. When thinking about Lent it seems as if it is about lots of rules. However it is about much more. We should ask ourselves, “How can we do things differently?”  Lent can help us in this. Ash Wednesday is our wake-up call for Lent and it can be a time to identify the things in our lives that we would like to change or do differently.  

Our sister school Ecole St. Mary had a great idea. One way we can do things differently is by making sure that we come to school every day during Lent. If we get into the habit of coming to school during Lent we will continue attending once Lent is over. If our attendance is good but often we are late for school we can make sure that we are on time. Finally if we are always on time and at school we can, as a family, support each other on this journey. We can …

  • Slow Down - Set aside 10 minutes a day for silent prayer or meditation. It will revitalize your body and your spirit.

  • Read a good book - You could choose the life of a saint, a spiritual how-to, an inspirational book or one of the pope's new books.

  • Be kind - Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else every day.

  • Get involved - Attend a Lenten lecture or spiritual program.

  • Volunteer at your parish - Whether it's the parish fish fry, cleaning the church or helping with the food drive, it will give you a chance to help others.

  • Reach out - Invite an inactive Catholic to come with you to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.

  • Pray - Especially for people you don't like and for people who don't like you.

Sources: https://www.osv.com/MyFaith/Article/TabId/586/ArtMID/13752/ArticleID/11461/Your-Guide-To-A-Catholic-Lent.aspx



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