Ash Wednesday Evening 2018
Blessed ashes remind us of death and our own nothingness. These marked the public sinners from the early days of the Church and do for all of us now. No sins are too much to be forgiven and penance and fasting are powerful means to save us as they did for the Ninivites. The Epistle calls all to join the priest in doing penance. We should never betray God for any momentary sin. Love of God dispels sin and vice from our hearts. We should pray for devotion and sorrow during Lent so Easter will be a preview of the life to come.