Few knew, and more could care less that Ash Wednesday occurred a few days ago. Annually, Ash Wednesday, serves as a memorial, for a day of reckoning of ones mortality. That death would sooner or later claim us as its prey but with a remedy, For it’s recorded, “Inasmuch as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (cp. Hebrews 2:14).
Because, it’s scripted, as self evident, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground. For out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and dust you shall return.” (cp. Genesis 3:19).
With such a remembrance ashes are smeared upon the forehead of the repentant, and told to go and sin no more because the journey to resurrection Sunday meant that the repentant is seen as being righteous in God’s sight. (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:21).
During the weeks between Ash Wednesday and Resurrection Sunday. People are encouraged to give up something through fasting. And other choice enjoyments, in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 day fast prior to launching His ministry. It’s a practice worth considering but its not mandated from the scriptures.
However, if this Padre were to be asked, I’d suggest, instead of giving up food or any other enjoyment. Do something helpful for other people, as frequently, as possible. Create a behavior that will become permanent. Like what Jesus encouraged, when He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (cp. Matthew 5:9). In other words be nice and do nice things for others. Our world needs a good dose of such behaviors.
This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.
Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.
Scheduling can be accomplished through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather. Private consultations are also available by issue or topic. Through the various mediums of your choice.
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