MOUNT VERNON — Today is Ash Wednesday: The beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians, most notably, Roman Catholics. For the next 40 days, until Easter Sunday, Catholics around the world will partake in fasting, prayer and the abstinence of meat on Fridays and other holy days.
“It’s really important to understand the suffering and sacrifices that Jesus made for us,” said Erica Thomas, a Fredericktown resident and member of Mount Vernon’s St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. “The biggest thing (during Lent) is to reach into your heart and see what you can do to make your relationship with Christ more special and connect with what Jesus did for us. It’s the whole process of trying to determine, ‘what can I give up,’ or ‘what can I do extra to relate to what Jesus did.’ Lent’s a really good time to bring that focus back to Christ and what matters.”