Ash Wednesday Marks the Beginning of Lent 2018

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The Journey to Sacrificial Love begins today, Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Today’s Readings: Joel 2: 12-18; 2 Corinthians 5: 20-6: 2; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18

The prophet Joel calls us today to start our spiritual journey with our whole heart as we begin our fast. Why do we fast and abstain from pleasure? Because we know we are sinners and in great need of God’s mercy. Every journey needs to begin with a first step and today we take a step into church to receive ashes so that we may be marked by an outward sign that signifies an inner decision to repent.

When a homeless pregnant mother picks up a telephone and calls Good Counsel’s 24/7 Helpline she too is taking a first step. It is a step toward life and not death. Let us pray that the outer sign of ashes on our forehead today will inspire others to choose life.

Prayer for Today: Merciful Lord, the journey I am undertaking will be long and it may be filled with stumbling blocks but keep me faithful and resolute as I journey toward your sacrificial love. I return to you with my whole heart for you are gracious and merciful. Amen.

If you were inspired by today’s reflection, please join us as we strive to give our hearts to Jesus during this Lenten Season.

Starting today, Good Counsel offers a free Lenten series entitled, “The Journey to Sacrificial Love.” Each day you will receive an email that contains a free daily devotional, spiritual reflection, or short prayer to accompany you as you prepare for Our Lord’s Easter Resurrection.

In addition to our daily reflections, we also provide you with an opportunity to send us your prayer requests on our special Lenten prayer page. You may leave your prayer request anonymously if you wish so we at Good Counsel can pray for you.

Sign up now so you don’t miss a day of what promises to be a beautiful way to live out Lent this year. Allow His merciful invitation to change your heart!

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