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Today is Ash Wednesday.

I unconsciously donned a red shirt early this morning to get ready for the early morning mass. When I switched on the TV, everyone in the morning show were wearing red. Oh gosh, I forgot. today is Valentine’s Day too. Haha, as  I don’t want to wear red, I have to change.  We don’t celebrate  the latter.

The church is full.  What a lovely homily reminding the faithful that Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.  The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us.  Ashes also symbolize grief, grief that we have sinned. The wearing of ashes on our forehead  is a sign of penance.

Seeing those fake roses, teddy bears galore and stems of single roses wrapped in cellophane and tied with a red ribbon, I just smiled.  Will they be able to sell all those in a day? I wonder. Just like the celebration of Christmas, Valentine’s Day has been much commercialized.

Let’s celebrate love every day, not just on hearts’ day.

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I was looking at the calendar earlier. Wow, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. How good is that for those who usually celebrate the latter event?  One next big thing that people celebrate here is Valentine’s Day. Dangwa (where  all kinds of fresh flowers can be found) makes a killing on or before Valentine’s day.  Even business establishments  dress their  malls in red hearts, flowers and red ribbons.  Restaurants and eating establishments follow suit. They prepare their own specialties. Even small eateries become busy. The V-day is just an ordinary day for me. We don’t observe it.

For us Catholics, we are required to fast and abstain during Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the start of the traditional season of Lent which is a  forty-day period that leads to Easter and has its roots in Jesus’ forty  days in the wilderness. It is a period of reflection, prayer and penance.  And did you know, Easter Sunday falls on April 1 which is also an observance of April Fool’s day for some.  We don’t also observe  April Fools’ day.

Easter Sunday can fall anywhere between  March 22 and April 25.  Easter is a movable feast.  It comes early this year.

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