During Lent we commit ourselves to self reflection, and soul cleansing. We may give up something that we enjoy or make changes in our lives that will benefit ourselves and others.
We can concentrate on doing service to others during this time. Hopefully we will continue these practices everyday during the rest of our lives.
It all begins on Wednesday. We have Masses and an Ash ceremony at our Church. The ashes are from burnt palm fronds distributed at last year's Palm Sunday. The fronds are burned, sprinkled with holy water and blessed by our Priest. At the ceremony we come forward and have the sign of the Cross on our foreheads.
We all are striving to make this the best Lent we've experienced. There is much more to Lent than what I've said here. There are many books in the library about this season of our Church....also with the computer, you can find so much information, prayers, videos etc. Or better yet, find a Church in your neighborhood that is having an Ash Wednesday ceremony and participate yourself. You'll feel so good.