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But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness,

godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. ~ 1 Timothy 6:11

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Act of Contrition

There are many variations of the Act of Contrition.  Don't worry, they all work.  Here is a good version that I like to use:
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against You whom I should love
above all things. I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more, and
to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.

Keep Pursuing

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ash Wednesday

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of the season of Lent.

What is required of me on Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence (from meat).

What happens on Ash Wednesday?

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  In addition, a special rite is performed where the faithful receive ashes on their foreheads.

What is the purpose of the ashes?

In Biblical times, ashes were used as a sign of mourning.  We receive the ashes to remind us that we are entering a season of penance focusing on, and preparing for, Christ's sacrifice on the cross.

In addition, the ashes are a symbol of our mortality.  They serve as a reminder that we will die and are reliant upon God's grace and mercy.  "For dust you are, and to dust you shall return." ~ Genesis 3:19

Keep Pursuing