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Footsteps to Mercy: Feb. 14 (Ash Wednesday)

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We're sharing the first week of the Marian Fathers' new Lenten booklet, Footsteps to Mercy. — UPDATE: This book has sold out! Please sign up for our monthly eNewsletter so you can find out when we have more books like this.


"Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning..." – Joel 2:12

Another year, another Ash Wednesday. As Catholics, we can sometimes lose our sense of urgency to repent and turn again to the Lord. Has your Ash Wednesday become merely a yearly ritual of going to Church and "getting your ashes?"

Today's readings proclaim a clear sense of urgency: "Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart…" (Joel 2:12) "Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast…" (Joel 2:15) "Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor 6:2).

We are pilgrims. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe His fire into your heart this Lent; ask for the gift of the fear of the Lord, that you not become tepid (see Rev 3:15-17). Ask St. Faustina to walk with you this Lent, as you reflect upon the Passion of the Lord. May she intercede for you so that you might turn to the Lord anew this Lent with your whole heart.

Today's Readings:

Scripture:

Joel 2:12-18;
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6AB,
12-13, 14 and 17;
2 Cor 5:20-6:2;
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Read Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 408

See the first week of meditations to date.

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