Ash Wednesday ...
the 40 days of fasting that last 46 days.
The six Sundays in the period after Mardi Gras and before Easter are not counted since they are not fast days.
You learn something new every day, right?
The period of fasting is to parallel the 40 days of fasting Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by Satan.
But what about those ashes?
Ash Wednesday by Carl Spitweg
in Public Domain
Ash Wednesday gets its name from
the practice of blessing ashes made from Palm branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday.
Many adopt the practice of abstaining from something important to the individual during Lent.
I would nominate the ceaseless looking at the screen of your cell phone ...
to only use your phone to make essential calls.
People might actually start seeing the world around them again and,
communicate to the person not six inches from them.
REALITY IS AWKWARD.
SCREENS ARE A WALL
AND THAT AWKWARD REALITY.
But the authentic life is composed of off-screen moments.
When most people spend more time looking at tiny screens
than at the people and their surroundings,
they have become blind to the world.