Last February 17, 2021, the Marist community participated in the start of the Lenten season through an Ash Wednesday Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Vivien Nuera, CP, streamed through the Facebook page of the campus ministry. 

In his homily, Fr. Nuera reiterated the importance of the Lenten season and its meaning. 

“Lent is a season of repentance, reflection, and examination of one’s heart and mind in order for us to enter worthily into the season of Easter,” Fr. Nuera said. 

“It is a great privilege for us, Catholics. This [season] is a chance for us to recall our sinfulness and return to the Lord for reconciliation,” he added. 

Fr. Nuera also discussed the significance of sprinkling ashes on the head during Ash Wednesday.

“These [ashes] are symbols of this passing world, our temporal being, and a great reminder of our nothingness and death,” he said.

According to Fr. Nuera, the readings for the Ash Wednesday Mass speaks about the changing of life’s direction and challenge to repent, reconcile with God, and practice the act of mortification or dying of oneself.

Lent is a 40-day period in preparation for the feast of Easter. “Kwaresma,” as it is commonly known in the Philippines, represents the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert. Marcus Sison // File photo

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