You are dust, and unto dust you shall return

ORLANDO | Bishop John Noonan burned palms before a crowd of students from St. James Cathedral School just before celebrating Mass on Ash Wednesday, joined by Father Miguel González and Father Matthew Hawkins. The bishop told students that, on his recent visit to Rome, Pope Francis told him to tell them, “Jesus loves them.”

Encouraging all to have a relationship with Jesus and cultivate it over the next 40 days, he reminded those gathered that Lent is a time to “strengthen our friendship with Jesus.” Talk to God “like you talk to mom and dad every day,” he said. Sharing his own prayer experience, he said, “Sometimes I wake up and say, God help me today. Help me to learn. Help me to be good. Help me to be kind, generous and loving and to always giving thanks at the end of the day.” He noted that almsgiving is simply helping each other and fasting is “not just giving up something, but sharing God’s love with others.”

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic February 26, 2020