Ashes are a mark of penance, mourning, and mortality. For Catholics, on Ash Wednesday, they are a public sign that we have begun a journey towards conversion of heart. (What do ashes mean? Find out here).
I don't know about you, but taking a journey once a year that focuses on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving does my soul good. The idea of "spiritual self improvement" is refreshing. I know that the forty days of Lent ahead of us will be difficult at times, but in the end I hope that our individual journeys will lead us to a joyous and blessed Easter season.
In the next couple of days I will share our family Lenten resolutions with you (including lots of ideas for little ones). Stay tuned.