Why Ashes?

Why Ashes?

Why do we wear ashes on Ash Wednesday? While it might appear to be an arbitrary ritual and often mistakenly seen as a display of self-pity, it is a very ancient tradition that is fundamentally meant to lead us into a state of humility. Ashes symbolize humility because...
Recovering Lenten Discipline

Recovering Lenten Discipline

Seeking Depth in Desert Places For the early Christians and through the Middle Ages, Lent was a season of rigorous fasting. Their lives were steeped in a desire for closeness with the divine—adopting ascetic practices not as mere obligation but as a heartfelt quest...
Recovering Pre-Lenten Traditions: East and West

Recovering Pre-Lenten Traditions: East and West

It’s that time of year when we should start thinking about what we will do this Lent. The first step to making a good Lent begins beforehand. In both East and West (the Byzantine and Roman Catholic traditions), a preparatory season historically comes before Lent...