I have often been told that many believe Lent is a dark time in the faith tradition.
Their observation of
being “marked” and then having to fast by giving up meat is almost unthinkable! Yet this tradition of fasting marks the beginning of Lent (which takes place on February 10 this year) ,which is a 40-day
season of fasting that is considered preparation for Holy Week
and the celebration of Easter.
Lent is celebrated as the season of preparation for the
resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday; seen as an opportunity to change
what we ought within ourselves but have not.
Many Christians will make personal vows of abstinence during
Lent while others vow not to gossip or try to be less selfish. However, all are expected to spend more time in prayer and reflection, as
Lent is considered by many to be an opportunity for spiritual transformation. But before this season of reflection and meaning begins, Ash Wednesday must take place. Here are ten facts about Ash Wednesday you may not know:
Margretta daLomba Dobbs is the Director of Campus Ministry at Christian Brothers Univeristy
The Galleon is curated and managed by Christian Brothers University, a Memphis-based university founded in the Lasallian tradition (a sect within the Catholic faith). Part of our founding mission is to uphold respect for all persons-regardless of political, religious, or social beliefs. As an institution, we take no stand on political matters; to do so would undermine our commitment to intellectual inquiry and thoughtful response to events taking place in our World by members of the CBU community.