My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads this Wednesday, we begin the forty day season of Lent. We bear those ashes with humility and in truth to show God and the world that we are sinners in need of repentance. We also bear those ashes with faith and trust in the mercy and forgiveness of God.
While Lent is a time of repentance marked by deepened prayer, penance and almsgiving, it is also a time of renewal. What begins with ashes and repentance ends with new life and joy as we celebrate Christ’s triumph at Easter.