Ash Wednesday, 2013

February 13, 2013 at 8:21 am | Posted in Ash Wednesday, Lent 2013 | Leave a comment

Today is February 13, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  I don’t know how Protestants celebrate Lent but I know how we Catholics do.  Here is a wonderful explanation of the history of Ash Wednesday.  After Daniel comes home from school, we’ll have tuna melts (no meat today!) and then go to Mass at 6:30 and receive our ashes.

Many of us Catholics give something up for Lent.  Sometimes it’s something as simple as candy or chocolate or smoking.  Over the past few years, a new trend of NOT giving something up but DOING something has been happening.  I think that’s what I want to empasize this Lenten season.

We received a Lenten Devotions packet from Food for the Poor, Inc., that I want us to do.  Each day, beginning today, it has a Gospel reading for us to read; a special passage from that reading to study upon and then an Offering to God.  For example, today, Ash Wednesday, the reading is from Matthew 6:1, 16-18.  The passage is “But take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them” (Matthew 6:1a).  Today’s Offering to God is:  “I will anonymously do something kind for someone.”

Since we don’t have breakfast together we’ll do the Devotions at supper.  We eat supper together every night.  I think this can help the three of us have a more holy Lent.

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