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Ash Wednesday is March 1. How will you enter into this penitential season this year? Why do we observe 6 weeks of penance each year? Because we need to it to refocus our priorities. We need God's grace to identify areas of sin in our lives, to seek God's forgiveness and to be more faithful to the Gospel.
The Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew, chapters 5-7, provides us with ample material to reflect on our lives in the light of Jesus' teaching. In fact, we may feel overwhlemed by how far we are from what he expects.
We need not give up because it is too hard. In prayer we encounter Christ's boundless mercy. Through fasting and almsgiving our hearts are opened to grow more fully into the depth of baptism into Christ.
So fear not! Give yourself to Christ generously for he will never be outdone in generosity.