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Lent and love day collide

Lent and love day collide

Fortunately, the two days of opposites usually don't meet on the calendar.

On Ash Wednesday, Christians throughout the globe will begin the season of Lent. This year some people may be pondering what to do about what some describe as a collision between Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day, a day on which chocolates and candies abound. Ash Wednesday is calculated by counting backward 46 days from Easter.

So... what are Catholic lovers to do?

The study found that in comparison to the 15 percent of Generation Xers (mid-30s to early 50s) and 17 percent of millennials (late teens to mid-30s) who attend Mass weekly, 40 percent of Gen Xers and 50 percent of millennials attend Ash Wednesday services, "with equally impressive numbers for other Lenten practices such as fasting, abstaining and almsgiving", the report stated.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the ashes that many churches keep from the previous year's Palm Sunday and then burn to ashes, which are then placed on the foreheads or palms of believers with the reminder, "You are dust and to dust you shall return". It's only a sacrifice if you sacrifice something.

He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, suffered persecution, died on Good Friday, and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Perhaps they'll do their "Valentining" the night before as part of Mardi Gras. "It's an opportunity to deepen our love for God and therefore deepen our love of our neighbor and to serve our neighbor with more sincerity", said Sister Esther Mary. I have more time for human interaction, prayer and listening to God's Word.

"I would express gratitude for the chocolates and save them for another day", he wrote in a email.

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"Heart shaped ravioli in marinara sauce". 'Sorry, dear. Not my idea. That's a type of fast that not only is healthy, but at the end of 40 days will fill you with the discipline that it takes to be a disciple! "I dont see any harm in that". The pastor said attendance on this holy day typically surpasses even Christmas. We'll indulge over the weekend. Restaurants and flower shops are also busy taking orders and reservations. All predisposed us to receive more of the grace Christ has earned via his passion and death.

This year, both Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day will be marked the same day, is there a relationship between the two? "When we use that outward sign on our foreheads, we are publicly saying we know we need to change and make this a time of penance".

Catholics 14 and older aren't supposed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent, according to USA TODAY who spoke to Father Michael Fuller, executive director of Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "'...for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and health...' That's what true love is all about".

If the heart is the symbol of love, and, as the Good Book tells us, "God is love, " it would seem to me to fit both occasions perfectly.

"Lent is a time to focus on our need for God and how we in and of ourselves have a need for Him, so to have Ash Wednesday on a day celebrating relationships is somewhat appropriate", he said.

The holiday, in its present form, still centers on expressions of love. It doesn't always happen right on the day anyway, given people's schedules, so the exact day doesn't matter. It is just that they are little recognised and they do not flaunt their worth either.

I'll close with this thought: Lent is not primarily about deprivation, but rather it's about sacrificial love. While these are certainly good, in themselves and without the proper spiritual disposition, they can lead to simply fulfilling our obligations and nothing more.