Reflection - Ash Wednesday
Ms Annie O'Shannessy
02 March 2021

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Church’s season of Lent. The marking of the Ashes on our forehead on this day is a public expression of our faith and that we are sorry for the times we have not been at our best. It is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (donating what we can to Project Compassion).

Through prayer we come closer to God so that we are better able to realise our baptismal promise to live justly as Jesus

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teaches us. Fasting joins us in solidarity with people experiencing poverty who often have no choice but to go without the basic human needs. Sharing what we have, or ‘almsgiving’, is a sign of our commitment to justice and our thanks for all that God has given us.

Lent prepares us for the season of Easter, the most important time in the Church’s calendar. By praying, fasting and giving alms, we are reminded of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus brought the promise of hope to all people so that we may “Have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). May we be encouraged to ‘Be More’ in our own lives, and in the lives of others.

Please Lord Jesus help us to think of others who are less fortunate and prepare ourselves well for Easter. Amen

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