'Ash Wednesday reminder of God's enormous love'

Ruben Ruiz
February 14, 2018

He suggested that the people who are observing Ash Wednesday must observe fast and keep away from alcohol. "So we want to meet people where they feel comfortable, and if that's in their auto along Manchester Road, then we're happy to connect and meet with them there".

However, St Valentine's Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14.

It is the 46-day period before Easter begins, and is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Roman Catholics, and more. Immediately following his baptism, Jesus went to the desert and prayed and fasted for 40 days.

"What matters is our spirit and what's inside of us", said Father Girotti.

The two would seem to be on opposite sides of the emotional fence, with Ash Wednesday being the first day of Lent, the almost six-week period before Easter, when Christians cleanse themselves through prayer and abstinence. Ash Wednesday is the kick-off, so to speak, for Lenten season, marking the beginning of one's decision of dedication to spiritual discipline.

Ash Wednesday is the day of unity and humility.

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Valentine's Day falling on Ash Wednesday is not the only calendar coincidence this year, Easter falls on April 1, which is April Fool's Day. "It's a day when we call to mind God's love for us and whether that's on a date or whether that's the person that we love, what matters is the love that we have for each other reflects God's love for us".

As priests place ashes on worshipers' foreheads at Mass, Brown said, they say: "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

Another thing that people are really upset about with Ash Wednesday being Valentine's Day is that they do not get to go out for a nice steak dinner because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during the 40 days of Lent.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Knights of Columbus Blessed Trinity Council will sponsor the food drive during the six weeks of the Lenten season.

Brown said Catholics "pay particular attention to fasting, prayer and almsgiving" during Lent to prepare to commemorate Jesus' crucifixion.

Today, Deacon plans to enjoy a fish fry at home with her fiancée, Jess Schneider, who grew up Catholic. "And so, due to the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of all Catholics and many others, a dispensation or commutation will not be granted".

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