Today is called Ashwednesday in Christian faith, because believers go to church to receive a cross of ash on their forehead.* This ritual stands for repentance, purification and new beginnings.
To reflect on:
What things in your life, your behavior or character do you want to turn away from and be open to a new beginning?
* The ash is obtained from the Palm Sunday palm leaves from the year before, being ceremonially burnt the day before Ashwednesday. Believers take their palm leaf to church with them. The burning ritual points at God’s purification and cleansing of the souls during Lent.