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March 2 ~ Ash Wednesday
Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday. During Lent, we are called to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully.
Pope Francis has appealed to the world to make this Ash Wednesday a day of fasting for peace to stop the war in the Ukraine. He said at his General Audience on February 23, “And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting. I invite everyone to make next 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”
May our hearts be converted so that we can truly follow Christ more faithfully and thus bring peace to the world!