Ash Wednesday


“As we approach the season of Lent and the days leading to the Easter festival which focus attention on the mysteries of our redemption, the need for religious preparation is proclaimed…These forty days which have been instituted by the Apostles should be given over to fasting. This means not just reducing food which benefits soul and body, but the elimination of unworthy habits. To these we should add almsgiving which, under the name of mercy, covers a multitude of praiseworthy deeds of charity. So all the faithful, though unequal in worldly possessions, are equal in the inspiration of their spiritual lives and can achieve an equal standing in loving all their brothers and sisters in the human race…If we show love to those in any kind of distress then we are blessed with virtue of charity and are at peace.” ~Pope St. Leo the Great (d.461)