The desert experienceLent is a holy season to enter a 'desert experience' -- a 40-day retreat with the Lord.
1) Three challenges: repentance, conversion & renewal;
2) Three disciplines: prayer, almsgiving & fasting;
3). Meaning of ashes: Returning to dust means returning to God.
Isn't this what we all want? That we come back to God because we belong to Him.;
4)A final thought: Many times we think of lent as a time to do less -- less food, less movie watching, less pleasure-seeking, etc. Can we think of lent as doing more? -- doing more prayer periods before the Blessed Sacrament, doing more fasting from sin, doing more almsgiving to the poor, doing more acts of love!
Advise to preachers: Make the Ash liturgy meaningful to your mass goers-by delivering a touching homily.