Lent begins tomorrow, February 10, which is also known as Ash Wednesday. It is during this 40-day period where our reflections and prayers are to be characterized by humility and honesty, as Christians strive to imitate the life of Jesus in anticipation for the celebration of Easter. The name Ash Wednesday is derived from the ancient practice of smudging the forehead with ashes as a sign of sorrow and recognition of human mortality. The period of Lent for the faithful has often included fasting, the temporary denial of certain pleasures, and the dedication of time for reading scripture and prayer. Let us pray in this posture this season, asking God “for the grace during the Lenten Period to live our faith more courageously so that we embrace our calling to witness in a broken world through our words and deeds”.