Amidst the confusion surrounding Pope Benedict’s proposed resignation, Catholics all over the world will tomorrow (Wednesday) mark this
year’s Ash Wednesday, signifying the commencement of the 40-day Lenten
According to Msgr. Gabriel Osu, spokesman for the Catholic
Archdiocese of Lagos, “Ash Wednesday ushers in the Lenten Season, a
40-day period of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares us for
Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
It is a period of conversion, self denial, renewal, reconciliation,
change and growth; it is about denying self for the life of others.”
The hallmark of Ash Wednesday, Osu said, is the marking of the
forehead of Catholic faithful with ashes, making the “sign of the cross”
as a reminder of their sinful nature.