1. Today is Ash Wednesday and hundreds of USCCB Facebook followers from across the country – and world – are sharing their photos with us. It’s a real display of the diversity of the Catholic faith and their willingness to share their faith on social media.
2. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the USCCB, wrote a blog for The Washington Post called “Ashes for the Unabashedly Catholic.” She offers insights into why Catholics wear ashes, saying, “We can feel a little funny with ashes on our foreheads, but for Catholics, that’s how we mark the start of Lent. Ashes don’t say we’re holy. They say we’re sinners. They don’t say we’re perfect, only that we’re willing to try. They don’t say we’re models of religiosity, but they do say we belong. In today’s world of loners and isolates, that says a lot.”
3. Monsignor Rick Hilgartner, executive director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship, offers a video reflection on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and our Lenten journey.
He also blogs for us today about Lent being a time when people debate giving something up.
4. Although Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of this month, he’s still tweeting. Today, his message was about Lent. “During the season of Lent which begins today, we renew our commitment to the path of conversion, making more room for God in our lives,” he said.
5. God loves you.