Ash Wednesday

The whole of human history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us*, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding ourselves in the midst of the battlefield we must struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to ourselves, and aided by God’s grace, that we succeed in achieving our own inner integrity.**
*Cf. Matt. 24:13; 13:24-30 and 36-43.** Cf. Guadium Et Spes, The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, #37.2