Tag: Ash Wednesday

Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

| Junno Arocho Esteves | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ashes not only symbolize humanity’s frail mortality but are also a reminder of God’s infinite love of people, whom he created from dust, Pope Francis said.

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Do I always have to obey my conscience?

Do I always have to obey my conscience?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have heard that people are obliged to follow their consciences, even if it goes against the Bible or the Church’s teaching. Is this true?

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A sacrament for healing shame

A sacrament for healing shame

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | March 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is always surprising to me that people turn out in such great numbers for Ash Wednesday Mass. The symbol of ashes on the forehead is an ancient symbol of repentance. It is an acknowledgment that I have sinned and I need God’s mercy. Perhaps so many people come on Ash Wednesday because deep down they recognize a basic human need ­— the need to be freed from shame.

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Teacher apologizes for telling boy to remove cross of ashes on forehead

Teacher apologizes for telling boy to remove cross of ashes on forehead

| Linda Petersen | March 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Ash Wednesday, William McLeod, a fourth-grade student at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, was told by his teacher to remove the ash cross he had received at church that morning.

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Bible Marathon aims to help ‘reignite’ love for God’s word, says priest

Bible Marathon aims to help ‘reignite’ love for God’s word, says priest

| March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

This year marks the third time the Bible will be read publicly from cover to cover without pause in the square of the Diocese of Lafayette’s oldest church parish, St. Martin de Tours, founded in 1765.

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Lent begins with reminder of all that fades away, pope says

Lent begins with reminder of all that fades away, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and God’s promise of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

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Ash Wednesday 101

Ash Wednesday 101

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some things to know about Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ash Wednesday draws one of the largest turnouts of any Mass throughout the year. While its practice has popularity — including Catholics’ selfies with ashes on foreheads posted prominently on social media — the observance of Ash Wednesday calls for something deeper than receiving ashes. Father Tom Margevicius, director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Worship, said “a return to ashes represents my worthlessness without God” — and the realization of being a creature instead of the creator.

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Palms to ashes: A few things to know about Ash Wednesday

Palms to ashes: A few things to know about Ash Wednesday

| Mark Pattison | February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year. Here are some things to know about Ash Wednesday and the kickoff to Lent:

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Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday-style

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday-style

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

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Pope: Lent breathes life into world asphyxiated by sin

Pope: Lent breathes life into world asphyxiated by sin

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity, Pope Francis said.

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Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

| Carol Zimmermann | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark.

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