Dust and Ashes

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. For many Christians, it begins a time of reflection, prayer, fasting, and penance. As a Catholic, I’ll refrain from eating meat today and all the Fridays of Lent. And while it isn’t mandatory, many Catholics give up things for Lent. It should be something that will really be a sacrifice, something difficult. And it doesn’t have to be food either. Honestly, wouldn’t it be better to give up smoking, or drinking, or gossiping, or some other bad habit? One year, I attempted to give up speaking badly of anyone and even though I am a pretty positive person, it was nearly impossible!

The important part of Lent should be the reflection, and you don’t even have to be a Christian to do that. Why not spend the next few weeks thinking about how you can make the world a better place? There are so many ways you can do that, from grand gestures to simple acts of kindness. Let’s do it. Let’s pass on the spirit of giving, even if you just buy the next guys coffee at McDonald’s. Lent can be a better time for everyone, with your help.

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