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“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.
If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love.”
(John 15:9-10)

This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, Valentine’s Day.  How appropriate!  Valentine’s Day is about love and showing that love to those dear to us.  The Lenten period from Ash Wednesday to Easter is also about love, the ultimate LOVE of God for us humans.  How do we show our gratitude, our love for God?

Each year, on Ash Wednesday,  Catholics file into Church to get their yearly dose of ashes reminding us that someday we will all die.  But when we leave the church, what then?  Do we give up something we like such as candy or dessert, and otherwise continue on our merry way?
Or, has the love of God grasped our hearts to live out Lent in a more meaningful manner?

Let each of us ponder the full import and meaning of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  What does this mean for each and every one of us?  It is the great mystery of love, salvation, and redemption;  it is the ultimate example of God’s great love for all humans.  Once we are truly convinced of this awesome truth, the way each of us lives Lent is bound to be more intentional and filled with gratitude to and love of God.  We will find some tangible way to show our love for God.  This may be in the form of giving up but it also may be in the form of doing something special, something we may not have done the rest of the year.

In this world where love is scarce and often misunderstood, let us be the ones to lead the way in living a life of love of God and love for others.
This is my commandment:  love one another,
as I have loved you.”
(John 15:12)



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