Anticipating Lent

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Tomorrow, February 6, is already Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent will officially begin then and is a holy day of obligation for Catholics.

So what is Lent?

As a Catholic, I grew up understanding Lent as a season of penance and sacrifices. True. But in essence, Lent is all about new life, turning away from your old self and ways and begin to live a holier and meaningful life. In other words, Lent is all about conversion and baptismal renewal.

We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday. This remembrance is overtly characterized by smudging ashes on our foreheads coupled with fasting and abstinence. But it’s more than the ashes and the fasting. They are reminders for us to repent and the ‘dying’ to sin – a recognition of deeper conversion of our lives.

Pray.
Reflect.
Give up something.
Repent.

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