Carina Morroni ’20
Walking out in public with a smudge of ash on your forehead is not exactly ideal for most people. So why do Catholics do it every year on Ash Wednesday, despite all the funny looks and awkward questions they get?
In the Bible, ashes are used throughout the Old Testament as a sign of repentance. But what does that have to do with us? Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season in which Catholics traditionally offer some sort of sacrifice in preparation for Easter. The ashes show our need for repentance in order to receive the life that Jesus brings at his Resurrection.
Ashes, traditionally, are also a symbol of death. “The reminder of my death is a reminder of my dependence on God for everything,” says freshman theology teacher, Ms. Champa. Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Lent is a season for Catholics to reflect on their reliance on God alone, and not the things of this world.
As the season of Lent begins, take the time to reflect on how you can prepare your heart for Easter, and the life Christ offers everyone.
Check out RJ Media reporter Laila Riedell’s piece on the Regis Jesuit Lenten Journey HERE