Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Season Of Lent

Ash Wednesday  - Repent and Believe in The Gospel

The season of lent has a very deep impact in the life of every Christian, helping them to fight their day to day temptations through prayer, fasting and alms giving. These are by far the greatest graces which God gives us all so that we can see his love for us and turn back to him.
Every year the Lenten season starts off with Ash Wednesday which comes to remind each one of us to humble ourselves as our time on this earth is for an indefinite period.

In this post I have just answered a few questions which usually spark up in a person’s mind about Ash Wednesday, along with some resources which will help you make this lent of yours pass with prayers and fasting.

Just to inform you all, I am no theologian or priest but have some knowledge about my religion and hence am sharing it here with all my Christian brothers and sisters. You’re invited to read this post even if you are not a catholic.

Roots of Ash Wednesday

The implication of ashes is not something which was invented newly by the church but was a ceremony observed ages back by Christians, where on this particular day the hair shirts of the people who had committed grave sins were blessed and ashes were sprinkled upon them made from the palms of the previous year.

The penitents were then turned out of the church who in turn asked the faithful to pray for them during the forty days of lent. These penitents were later admitted into the church on Maundy Thursday having won reconciliation through sacramental absolution, prayer and fasting.    

Q: When does Ash Wednesday Usually Fall?
A: Ash Wednesday is a movable fast. It does not have any fixed date but is always held 46 days before Easter.

Q: Where do the Ashes Come From?
A: The ashes are usually acquired through the burning of the palms of previous years palm Sunday celebration which is then blessed with holy water and scented with incense.

What Can You Do this Lent?

  • Make alms giving a part of your life, where your right hand does not know what the left hand does and vice versa.

  • As parents encourage your children to reflect on the penance they are going to make this year in lent, parents you can be a prime example to them you can give up (TV, movies, lavish foods etc) as a full family as well.

  • Do what is just and have patience with whatever we do; if we are patient with things it automatically humbles us.
Want to know where there are forty days of fasting? http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=1022

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

My Valentines Day Lesson

The 14th of Feb!!! The day when the guys are off a budget constraint, the girls are flying everywhere, roses prices go rocketing up the air and i am confused as what to wear.

At the start of every year when this big day is on its arrival i am always in this great dilemma as what to gift my girlfriend. Seriously if during my examinations my mind would have functioned so much i would have not landed up giving supplies this year.

This post is not about me coming to a conclusion as what to gift my girl but on the other hand I wanted to share an incident which happened last year on Valentines Day when i was facing a similar situation.

359 Days Ago

It was the 14th of Feb 2011 and once again like every year i did not know what to gift my girlfriend thus i decided to take her out for dinner to KBC (stop judging me ok). :P

We headed for dinner at about eight and ordered what would satisfy our tummies the most. Like us there were many other couples already present out there celebrating the day but amongst them i noticed a table which just did not fit in the atmosphere.

There was a full family present there and what seemed to me was that the daughter was celebrating Valentines Day with her mum, dad and other siblings. 
The sight of them just brought a smile to my face and got me to realize that this day is not only important for my girlfriend but also for all the other people who are a part of my life and make me feel special in some way or the other.

Current Day 

Coming back to the present day i made up my mind that no matter what i gift my girlfriend, I’ll make sure to
wish everyone on the 14th  a Happy Valentine’s Day and not by just mere words but as a promise to love them as friends, brothers and sisters, community members etc for the rest of the year.

My question for all you people out there is that, How do you plan on Spending your Valentines Day.