Ash Wednesday: What does it mean?

When I was still a kid, Ash Wednesday for me was all about having a cross in the forehead and a day of fasting. It was kind of a lonely day with no hotdogs, pork chop, and all the delicious foods that the kitchen could offer. My parents did tell me the reasons why but my concrete thoughts did not totally grasp and appreciate them.

It was last Sunday that awakened me of the true meaning of Ash Wednesday. I learned from the priest’s sermon that Ash Wednesday does not necessarily mean depriving your self from meat. Yes, fasting is one of the pillar actions that we Catholics do practice to welcome the great feast of our salvation. But, there are so many ways to exercise our faith during Ash Wednesday. What are they?

As we repent on Ash Wednesday, we could spent it through a day of prayer and recollection. We may also contemplate on our sins and ask God’s forgiveness. The priest even said that we could eat meat on Ash Wednesday in exchange of bad habits or vices that we normally do everyday.

Sa mga libakera ug libakero, likayan lang usa ang pag panlibak.

Sa mga palahubog, dili lang sa moinom ug ilimnong maka hubog.

Sa mga garboso, kulangan lang usa ang pride. 

Sa mga nakasala sa uban, pangayo ug pasaylo.

Sa mga nasad-an, pasayloa sila. 

Ug sa mga politiko, likayan lang sa ang paggamit sa uban ug bisan sa imahe sa Simbahan para sa personal na katuyoan.

There are various practices that we could exercise as a form of repentance. Ash Wednesday is not really all about having a cross in our foreheads or one day of meat deprivation. It is more meaningful if at least, for one day, we could spend our lives in this world with humility, kindness, generosity, sincerity, and most of all… LOVE.

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