Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season - as you can tell by the fast food commercials featuring 'seafood', the picked over fish stick freezer section, or even more obviously, the people you have to give a double-take that appear to have dirt and grime smeared all over their foreheads.. It's ashes, folks, I know it's there.
As Catholics, this is the season of preparation; being tested, and having hope to come out the other side a better version of ourselves.
Coincidentally, this time of year--historically and continually--tends to be a struggle for me.
Coincidentally? Seasonally? Hormonal-ly?
I've decided to use this season to my advantage, to better myself and take these 40 days to focus on my faith, form healthy habits, and truly remember what is important.
The reminder that is shared while administering ashes, is one of my favorites..
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return..
This life is temporary and we are working toward an ultimate goal (of eternal life in heaven). I am all for living this life to the fullest, but the distractions of day-to-day life can easily take over and overshadow what needs to be priority. What an ideal time to re-focus!!
Above, I've shared (again) my most picture-perfect ashes, to date.. Tonight we'll be getting our ashes, as a family. I'm anxious to see our little ones sporting them and having the opportunity to talk about who/what/why.