A blessed Ash Wednesday to all, as we begin the journey of Lent through the traditional practices of almsgiving, fasting  and prayer, not always listed in that order, but one which signifies their purpose, in terms of our own growth in virtue and holiness:
Almsgiving detaches us from our external goods, money, possessions, time.
Fasting detaches us from the delights of the body, food and other pleasures (media, games, dancing or whatever floats your sensory boat).
And, finally, prayer detaches us from ourselves, so that we may in turn open ourselves up to God in honest reflection and conversation, giving our entire being

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