In the spotlight: Mars mission, Ash Wednesday and winter weather.
Lent as a time of personal self-reflection and atonement is part of a greater realization of how the world has been crippled by sin, which only Jesus heals.
Lent is a time to reconsider the path one is taking in life and to finally answer God’s invitation to return to him with one’s whole heart, Pope Francis said.
Ash Wednesday and Lent are a time to recall that new life emerges from the ashes.
“The ashes weave many Scriptures to remind us of the faithful and redeeming love of the one who became dust and ashes with and for us, that we might become children of God.”
Because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the pope will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Vatican rather than the traditional location on the Aventine Hill.
During this year’s celebration of Ash Wednesday Feb. 17, many dioceses will be following the Vatican’s recommendation of a modified method for distributing ashes.
This includes faith formation and sacramental preparation gatherings, youth gatherings, board and council meetings and organizational meetings.