ASH WEDNESDAY AND SEASON OF LENT

The 2nd of March 2022 is Ash Wednesay and it is start of the 2022 Lent season.

"Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning..." Joel 2:12 Another year, another Ash Wednesday.

As Catholics, we can sometimes lose our sense of urgency to repent and turn again to the Lord. Has your Ash Wednesday become merely a yearly ritual of going to Church and "getting your ashes?" Today's readings proclaim a clear sense of urgency: "Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart..." (Joel 2:12) "Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast..." (Joel 2:15) "Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor 6:2). We are pilgrims. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels.

Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe His fire into your heart this Lent; ask for the gift of the fear of the Lord, that you not become tepid (see Rev 3:15-17).

Ask St. Faustina to walk with you this Lent, as you reflect upon the Passion of the Lord. May she intercede for you so that you might turn to the Lord anew this Lent with your whole heart.

Sacred Scriptures Readings:

Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6  AB, 12-13, 14 and 17; 2 Cor 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Read Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska,

“When I become immersed in the Lord's Passion, I often see the Lord Jesus, during adoration, in this manner: after the scourging, the torturers took the Lord and stripped Him of His own garment, which had already adhered to the wounds; as they took it off, His wounds reopened; then they threw a dirty and tattered scarlet cloak over the fresh wounds of the Lord. The cloak, in some places, barely reached His knees. They made Him sit on a piece of beam. And then they wove a crown of thorns, which they put on His sacred head. They put a reed in His hand and made fun of Him, bowing to Him as to a king. Some spat in His face, while others took the reed and struck Him on the head with it. Others caused Him pain by slapping Him; still others covered His face and struck Him with their fists. Jesus bore all this with meekness. Who can comprehend Him - comprehend His suffering? Jesus' eyes were downcast. I sensed what was happening in the most sweet Heart of Jesus at that time. Let every soul reflect on what Jesus was suffering at that moment. They tried to outdo each other in insulting the Lord. I reflected: Where does such malice in man come from? It is caused by sin. Love and sin have met. -( Diary, 408) “