"Remember That You Are Dust,
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Roman Catholics. The ashes signify that we are of the earth, and our physical bodies are mortal. They signify humble acceptance of our imperfection. They are a symbol of our wish to be reconciled with God. They are a symbol of our belonging to a community. A reminder that we need to turn away from earthly concerns and turn toward God and contemplate for a moment the importance of larger things. Eternity: 'as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be'.
Lent is a time of giving alms, praying and fasting. It is not a time to call attention to our giving, nor is it a time to eat less in order to lose weight. Sacrifice is a way of acknowledging and honoring the gift given and the pain borne to give it.
May you have a blessed Lenten season.