Day 1: Ash Wednesday

Saint of the day: Blessed Fra Angelico
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:1-6

The Lenten season begins today on Ash Wednesday. The ashes remind us of the eternal cycle of life and the invitation we have been given to join Jesus in heaven after our earthly lives have ended.

Since we couldn’t attend the Ash Wednesday service at our local parish today, we did it DIY-style. Here are the palm branches we have displayed in our dining room since last year’s Palm Sunday, along with hearts pledging that we will say “Yes!” to God’s love.

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We burned last year’s palm branches and from the ash marked our foreheads with a cross, an outward sign of our Christian faith.

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One by one, I asked my children, “Will you say yes to God’s love?” I explained that by accepting God’s love, we are better able to say no to the things that tempt us to do wrong.

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What about you? Will you say “Yes!” To God’s love?

What about the thing(s) that threaten your relationship with God? What will you say no to? I personally said “no” to Facebook…and if you read my previous post, you’ll find forty reasons why it was important for me to do so. But, whatever you let go of, be sure to let in an equal amount of things that strengthen your relationship with God.

Lent. It’s the perfect season in which to “let go and let God” (let go of the negative and let God lead you toward a more positive path).

“There is only one thing to do here below: to love Jesus, to win souls for him so that he may be loved. Let us seize with jealous care every least opportunity of self-sacrifice. Let us refuse him nothing—he does so want our love!” -St. Therese of Lisieux

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