This morning we gathered in Year Levels groups as part of the Mercy College community to mark Ash Wednesday in prayer and through the distribution of ashes. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. Ashes also symbolise grief, in this case our grief is because we have sinned and separated ourselves from God. Lent is a chance for us to seek forgiveness and to turn back towards God. As Lent begins, we should set specific spiritual goals that we would like to reach before Easter and decide how we will pursue them. May our Lenten journey help us to prepare our hearts, souls and minds for the joy of Christ’s resurrection which is to come at Easter.