'Wearing ashes symbolises our desire for conversion, to turn again towards God. Repentance (conversion) is not so much about feeling sorry for individual sins. It is about changing the direction of our hearts – away from all that limits God’s love and action in us and opening ourselves to a fresh experience of God’s healing love which makes us whole and restores us to our rightful place as beloved daughters and sons in the Kingdom of God. It’s about moving back into right relationship with God and neighbour.

In Lent we begin our journey to the great feast of Easter. That journey begins in ashes today and ends in light at the East Vigil....'

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