Today we celebrated Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.
Priests administer ashes during Mass and everyone is invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. As the priest puts them on our heads he says:
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” or he may say “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
The Catholic Church highlights Lent as a time for us to reflect on our relationship with God.
God loves us into being and sent Jesus to help us understand how we can respond to this constant offer of love and friendship.
God gifts us Lent to help us understand our relationship with God, with each other and with the world.
Lent is a time to STOP, to REFLECT and to BE – to attend to the heart.
DISCOVER as a family:
As a family take some time to think about everything you do during a typical week.
List some of the things that you give priority to as a family and as individuals.
Discuss which of these things are necessary and are positive or life-giving.
Do you put any time aside during the week to spend on feeding your soul?
Do you spend any time during the week to just sit and be with God in prayer?
Discuss how you can support each other as a family to make positive changes in your lives.