The start of Lent March 6 begins our journey to the cross and passion of Christ, not only as historical events but also as real moments in our own lives of faith. Go deeper into the invitation to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” with this package from our partner Catholic News Service.

Ash Wednesday — A kick-start to holiness
One shouldn’t just give up a sin for Lent, we should give up sins for life. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving can help us move beyond the removal of sin and into a more intimate relationship with God.

The fire inside, and our return to ashes
The church asks us to begin Lent by letting someone touch us with ashes. “Remember,” we are told at the moment of being touched. It’s a deeply physical and utterly spiritual act.

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