Valentine’s Day? Arizona Statehood Day? Any other year, that’s how we might refer to February 14. This year, however, February 14 is, first and foremost, Ash Wednesday.
I like to get a jump on my Lenten repentance, so I arrived at Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix at 6:05 this morning to get in line for confession. Unfortunately, Kathryn had to be at work earlier in the morning, but she was able to join me at the church around 6:20. Distribution of ashes started at 6:30, and we also stuck around for Mass afterwards. Not a bad way to start the day.