Christians to focus on mercy during Lent

Christians to focus on mercy during Lent

ISHPEMING — People were able to have their fun on Fat Tuesday and now it’s time for some to enter a season of reflection.

Christians all over are celebrating Ash Wednesday today. Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent, a time of fasting which believers say will help them grow closer to God.

Father Daniel Moll of St. Joseph Parish in Ishpeming says, “Lent reminds us that our Christian life is a journey, that we are all following the call of Jesus in our lives, that we are always walking with Jesus. Lent reminds us that we are each created for a reason , that our lives have a purpose. Each of us is created to play a part in God’s plan of love.”

The ashes represent the Christian belief that God created humans from dust, and will return to dust after death.

Pope Francis has deemed this year as a year of mercy and compassion, and asks followers to focus on these things together during Lent.

Father Moll says, “Pope Francis has called us especially to work on hose things this year, and especially on the works of mercy, to become more merciful like God the Father. So he calls us all, especially during this year of grace to focus on those things.”

For the next 40 days, believers will fast things likes meat, sweets, the internet or anything else they feel they should sacrifice before they celebrate Easter.