ASH WEDNESDAY: 40 days and 40 nights

We begin each Lent begging for the blessing of forgiveness.  God longs for us to return to him with our whole heart.  For without such repentance we remain tormented by the question,  “Where is our God?”  God has not cast us out of his presence; rather, he desires us to “become the righteousness of God.”  The Father  “who is hidden” waits for us to pray, “A clean heart create for me, O God.”  Then the way that we reach out to reality to become one with it will reveal God’s saving Presence in every circumstance.  “The joy of our salvation” BEGINS TODAY.

There is nothing more rewarding than a church full of people on Ash Wednesday night receiving ashes which we put on our heads in penitence. And then receiving our Lord in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist during Mass.  God bless you all during this Lenten 40 days.

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