By Fr. David Foxen, MSC 

Today, Ash Wednesday, we are invited to repent (which really means take on a new attitude and vision) and believe in the Good News. 
Both represent significant challenges when viewed against the shadowy background of the pandemic and the spirit of division and conflict. For many of us this Lent, perhaps more than ever, we are called to seek the healing only Christ can give. We are discouraged, confused, tired, and angry. No wonder Christ is calling us to take a new and deeper look into our hearts and place our trust and confidence in him. He is calling us to see how we are building the Kingdom of peace, justice, reconciliation, and compassion. Good News!
Lent is always a call to renew our life as sons and daughters of the Father that Christ shared with us on the day of our baptism. Entrusting ourselves to his compassion and healing is where we are being called during our journey toward Easter.
We want to see today’s ashes, which remind us of our humanity, as a call to rediscover and renew light and life. This begins with healing and to the vision of ourselves as disciples who can and are building the Kingdom of God.
© 2020 Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
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