Ash-Wednesday

Ash Wednesday for me was something that I just did because well…I had to.  I went to a Catholic school for all of my elementary and junior high years, so it was something that I just grew up with.

While I am still a practicing Catholic, Ash Wednesday has taken on a more significant meaning for me.

  1. It is a preparation of the arrival of Easter.
  2. It marks the true beginning of Spring — which for me means renewal.
  3. It is a way to cleanse the mind, body, and soul.
  4. A reminder of our fragility and mortality.

The last two parts are the parts that stands out for me and my family the most.  In the Catholic tradition, we usually go without something during the 40 days of lent (excluding Sundays).

Traditionally, we give up something that we like, or crave and set aside our desire for it for this time period.

We sacrifice.

This minor sacrifice is a reminder of the major sacrifice that our Lord has done for us in order to forgive us for our sins.

One thing that I have noticed is that when we do give up something, we tend to crave that thing more.  It’s like the withholding is creating the need.

But, it’s through this withholding from something that we can truly understand that we, like everyone else crave.

Need.

Want.

We are not always as strong as we want to be, but we are — reluctantly admitting — weak, and fragile.

During Lent we are reminded that our time here on earth is short, and we should keep in mind of our true priorities.  Everything man has made will come and go, but renewing our relationship with our Maker is what should be at the forefront in our minds and hearts.

Sometimes, we wait for something horrible to happen to renew our faith, bur during this Lent season our relationship is what we focus on.

This Lent Season, Mr. C and I decided to do something together.  When we are all together, we are going to put down all electronics–phones, iPads, Macbook Pros, etc (except my camera) and just be with each other.  We noticed that we can be easily distracted and sometimes we can all be in a room but we are all doing different things on an electronic.  That has to change for sure.

This is going to be especially hard for me since I live on my phone.  But we do what’s best for the family.

Even if you do not follow Lent the same way, what is one way that you practice the Lent season?  Do you practice or acknowledge Lent?

{Bonus: Do you wonder why the Priest wears purple during the lent season?  “Purple, preferably a somber, dark shade, is worn during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. Purple signifies great solemnity, with connotations of both penance and royal dignity. Decoration of the vestments for these penitential season is appropriately simple.” via http://www.adoremus.org}