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Archbishop Gomez: 'Christian Life Is a Journey'

The remarks come on Ash Wednesday, the start of a 40-day period of fasting, abstinence from eat and repentance.

Today is Ash Wednesday. Patch file photo.
Today is Ash Wednesday. Patch file photo.

Christians throughout the Southland observed Ash Wednesday today, beginning the 40-day season of Lent, when the faithful prepare for Easter by doing penance for sins and seeking spiritual renewal through prayer, self-denial and good works.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. A minister or priest marks the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the shape of a cross, which the worshipper traditionally retains until washing it off after sundown.

In the Roman Catholic church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance. Other Christian denominations make fasting optional, with the main focus being on repentance.

Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

"Lent reminds us that our Christian life is a journey, that we are all following the call of Jesus in our lives, that we are always walking with Jesus," Gomez said.

He said Lent gives people a chance to examine their lives and "to grow in our identity as children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus."

"We can come to daily Mass and we can go to confession," he said. "We can make sacrifices to care for one another -- maybe by visiting our neighbors or family members who are sick and elderly, or maybe by finding more time to be with our children or our spouses."

--City News Service

nonoise March 05, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Repentance? Oh, please. None of them are repenting while they are parking in my driveway. None of them are repenting while they blast their noise (amplified sound system) into my home 6 to 8 times a day every day starting at 7:55AM. There is no repentance for those at Divine Saviour Catholic church, 90065. There is no respect for neighbors. There is no we care about your concerns. There is none of that. There is no repentance. Go, keep pretending there is. Those that have to live along these nuisiances know the truth. Keep pretending.
Mark Siegel March 06, 2014 at 11:09 AM
I assume "abstinence from eat" and fasting are one and the same...
Bill Wentz March 06, 2014 at 04:17 PM
I wish all these Christians would fast for 140 days and show us how pious they really are.

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