Fr. Ariel Santos
Ash Wednesday signals the start of the Lenten Season. As a Church, I want to set the direction for us. From the gospel today, Jesus gives us the meaning of fasting, praying and doing works of charity. He warns us that these are not for show or to punish ourselves because Lent is a time of regeneration not depravation. Lent is a time of conversion, not of destitution or self-starvation or self-abasement. We do this most effectively by putting down some of our regular needs and faculties so that we would be more effective in listening to God’s voice and heeding it and learning to discern.