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Wednesday, February 28, 2001

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Ash Wednesday

Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Psalm 51
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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remember, man...

"We implore you, in Christ's name." —2 Corinthians 5:20

"Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return."

Remember, man, that God has made us "little less than the angels, and crowned" us "with glory and honor" (Ps 8:6).

Remember, man, that Jesus became man and transformed the human race.

Remember, man, that Jesus graces us to put on the new man, "one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator" (Col 3:10).

Remember, man, that in Baptism we become adopted sons and daughters of God.

Remember, man, to return to the Lord with your "whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning" (Jl 2:12).

Remember, man, to fast as Jesus fasted (see Mt 4:2).

Remember, man, that God lives in you and you in Him.

Remember, man, that we who are Jesus' disciples can receive His body and blood.

Remember, man, that in Jesus we can "become the very holiness of God" (2 Cor 5:21).

Remember, man, that the Lord will renew our Baptism through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Remember, man, to prepare for forty days to renew your baptismal promises.

Remember, man, "now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2)

Prayer:  Jesus, be Lord of my memory.

Promise:  "No one can see you are fasting but your Father Who is hidden; and your Father Who sees what is hidden will repay you." —Mt 6:18

Praise:  Samantha returned to Confession after not going for twenty years. She now receives Jesus daily in the Eucharist.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000