Ash Wednesday: A Time to Reflect



In the Catholic world, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. And as we take a pause from the challenges of surviving the pandemic and the concomitant problems that it has brought to bear on our daily lives, we realize that this global crises has surprisingly brought out the best in each of us. While it is true that a few calculating individual/entities have taken advantage of the situation for their own material gains, the general atmosphere of universal brotherhood of men has somehow awakened in us concern for others in a way we never had before. It is as if we have finally realized in all humility, that material gains is not the object of our existence. We are mere creatures passing through this life. Touching acts of humanity from every sector has somehow lightened the burden of those who have less in life. Reaching out to help others has become a natural response to the needs, the pains and the anguish that surround us. And what better time than this Lenten season should we ponder on the biblical distum that we came from dust and unto dust we shall return. I should like to remember this period in our lives as a shining moment of man’s goodness and that if we try hard enough we can always be the best what we are.


The entertainment world through their consoling and inspiring shows, the magnanimity and generosity of the business sector, the cooperation extended by the Church and everyone’s willingness to help made the situation bearable. And through all these darkness, we believe deeply in our heart of hearts that light is forthcoming very much like the coming Easter after the cruelty and pain of Good Friday.


TRIVIA:


Belated greetings to our former Couples for Christ (CFC) brother Boyot Gerobin who recently celebrated his birthday anniversary.


QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:


“THERE CAN NEVER BE DEEP PEACE BETWEEN TWO SPIRITS, NEVER MUTUAL RESPECT UNTIL IN THEIR DIALOGUE, EACH STANDS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD.”

EMERSON


FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:


“THOUGH I THOUGHT I HAD TOILED IN VAIN AND FOR NOTHING USELESSLY SPENT MY STRENGTH, YET MY REWARD IS WITH THE LORD, MY RECOMPENSE IS WITH MY GOD.”

ISAIAH 48:4