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Will it be ashes or roses on Valentine's Day?

Will it be ashes or roses on Valentine's Day?

During Lent, fasting (only one full meal) and abstinence (no meat) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (March 30), and abstinence on the other Fridays are obligatory.

This was to make them, followers of Jesus Christ, to comply with what he did while on earth.

After these 40 days of growing closer with Jesus, let's celebrate the joy of Easter and, renewed by this, continue to accept God's love and share it with others.

Lent, rather, is the "acceptable time" to get radical and put out into the deep, to overcome the temptation to become spiritual sissies in the resolutions we make, because if we're wimps in the annual "spiritual boot camp" of Lent, then it's nearly impossible for us to have the spiritual discipline to live by Christ's high standards throughout the rest of the year. Claudius's daughter was in love with Valentine and she always sneaked out to go and see him as well as give him food.

Ash Wednesday provides a particularly strong opportunity to evangelize younger and/or inactive Catholics, according to a study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, and cited in "Sparks from Ashes: An Ash Wednesday Young Adult Evangelization Plan", from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.

"The celebration, however, carries a deeper message than the superficial celebration". We willingly undertake a penitential lengthening of days for the sake of an expanded heart, one capable of receiving the greatest gift of love, our Beloved, the light of our lives.

"In Lent, we can break down these walls that keep us tied down". That's Ash Wednesday, the first day in the 40-day Christian Season of Lent that ends the day before Easter. "It doesn't really pose any real changes", she said. Jesus, by that method, gave us the big clue to coping with temptation, to rely on God's word.

" Most Pentecostal churches have their own season of fasting and personal intercession with God. Mass is always very well attended on that day", he said.




I was at a Parochial Church Council, or PCC, meeting the other day (PCCs are the groups running your local parish churches) and said to show my love to my wife this year that perhaps I needed to "say it with ashes".

Enberg, who died in December at 82, was famous for using that expression whenever a spectacular or freakish play occurred.

"Foods to be consumed by Christians will reduce and of course alcohol sales will practically be at zero level, " Ogebule said. Despite the 40 day fasting rule, it actually is 46 days before Easter, as many Christians take breaks from fasting on Sundays (both for health reasons and due to it being the Sabbath day). Both romantic love and agapic love seek reciprocation through a fulfillment of the heart's desire.

The Greco-Christian word Agape is identified as the self-sacrificing love God has for all humanity. "Valentine's Day can appropriately be celebrated on another day, such as Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which happens to be Mardi Gras, a time of celebration prior to the Lenten journey". People, therefore, use the period to reaffirm their faith and strengthen their resistance to sin by abstaining from some pleasurable indulgences.

February 14, Ash Wednesday, dinner at 5:45 p.m., service at 7 p.m.

"Out of respect for the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of so many - including our non-Catholic brethren, and the way this custom underlines the importance of the Lenten season - a dispensation will not be given", he says in the letter. By stepping forward to receive them, whether we are clergy, religious or lay faithful, young or old, we accept the commitment to embrace the whole of this season of grace and renewal as deeply as we can.

I insist that there is Lent in Valentine!


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