Archbishop Jason Gordon is urging Catholics to take Lent “seriously” and “go for the spiritual power” during the 40-day observance.
Delivering the Ash Wednesday homily before a large congregation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, San Fernando for the 11.45 a.m. Mass, he stressed the seriousness of the period, calling on Catholics to refrain from participation in post-Carnival activities. He observed some encroachment on the sacred season and advised Catholics, “Don’t take part in it. Keep the Lent as Lent – observe it as Lent”.
The words said on Ash Wednesday when ashes are placed on the forehead, ‘Remember you are dust and unto dust you will return’ is a reminder of the “truth of who we are”, Archbishop Gordon said.