James Montgomery Bailey (American journalist, 1841-1894)
TIME: 4:13 PM
PLACE: St. Mary's School Parking Lot
SUBJECT: Fish Fry sign
Today, Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent. Lent is the liturgical season of forty days, beginning today and ending with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery (Easter). Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church's liturgical year, reflecting the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying. On this day, we are marked with ashes in the sign of the cross on our forehead, reminding us of the end of this life and our longing for eternal life in God, through his Son, Jesus. During Lent, through the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and charitable giving, we recall our baptismal promises and renew our commitment to a life of faith.
As a Catholic, aged 18-59, HH and I are required to fast today, limiting ourselves to one full meal and two smaller meals with no snacking between meals. Catholics age 14 and older also abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. Children under the age of 14 are encouraged to abstain or do some sort of penance during the Lenten season. I've suggested to the three children that they give up shouting and snapping at each other. This was met with incredulous stares. Obviously, we need to work on this aspect of the Lenten season.