Wednesday, February 13, 2013
So today is Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent. According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays and Sundays are considered "feast" days during Lent .
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.
As a Catholic I am to fast today. I am going to have a Slim-Fast meal bar, a Slim-Fast chocolate shake, and a Chipotle Black Bean burger. No fries or anything. That is about 1,065 calories. This will either make my body VERY happy, or very very sad. But, it is what I am suppose to do, so I will do it. I feel God has made me so much stronger these last few months. My mental, physical and spiritual strength is much stronger than it has ever been.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Lent who practice.