ash wednesday

Lent: A Time for Change and Renewal

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 11, 2013

When we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, we may hear these words: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” The phrase “turn away” implies a change—a change in direction. Yes, Lent is a time for change, but it also is a time for renewal. And change and renewal are not necessarily synonymous.

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The Price We Pay for Ashes

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 20, 2012

A first grade teacher was telling her students about receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday. When she was finished she asked, “D you have any questions?” One little girl raised her hand and asked, “Are they FREE?” I love this true story. Though she was only six years old, the little girl knew how wonderful it […]

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