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Ash Wednesday

The past few days, the parish office phone # 1.800- ASHWED has, as expected, become hotline. Early today, I had an interesting conversation with a parishioner whose question struck me, Father, I don’t want to take so much of your time but I’m with my friends and we’re all over 60 discussing the church’s precepts and wanting to know more about the practice on Fasting and Abstinence…adlib…and whether coffee was allowed…Right On…Awesome…This is the type of call I spend time with…I thought the age-old tradition of fasting and abstinence are gone in a culture of instant meals…that even if you try dreaming of better results, there’s slim chances…

Not at all…

With all her intentions, I explained that fasting is eating only one full meal a day and yet, I was quite embarrassed by her response in saying that she thought fasting wasn’t eating any solid food at all for one day…that’s even better…I continued to say that it’s the spirit of the law that counts more than the mere observance…that is, fasting leads us into a deeper union with God…-this great act of sacrifice which for many seems impossible symbolizes death, sorrow and penance for sins and contrition of heart…

The following are some of the links/resources about the history behind Ash Wednesday. Click here and here

This entry was posted in: Lent


A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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