Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a time to seek the Lord in prayer and scripture; it is a time for almsgiving, self-control and sacrifice. The tradition of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent is a long-standing Catholic tradition.
Additionally, there are many ways to practice self-control and fast throughout the Lenten season. We will share some thoughts on this in the weeks to come. For now, I encourage all of you to read Pope Francis' message for Lent 2018: "Because of the increase of inequity, the love of many will grow cold" (Mt 24:12). Following is an excerpt from the Holy Father's message which he extends to all men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God's voice.
"Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew."
Read Pope Francis' message for Lent 2018 here.BACK TO LIST