BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Today marks the beginning of Lent. Many students joining the celebration of Ash Wednesday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Most Reverend Daniel Flores, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is leading the mass and marking the foreheads of students with ashes.
Lent, which is celebrated by millions of people, is a time for repentance and healing.
Bishop Daniel Flores, “To live more charitably, more forgiving, to be more forgiving, to be more generous in our response to the needs of others. These are the basic things that traditionally the church focuses on because they’re the things Jesus talked about.”
With so much happening along our borders and illnesses affecting the world. The bishop says Lent also focuses on being generous to those dealing with unimaginable circumstances.
“We ask people to be alert and to be aware as to what is going on around us especially like the situations here on the border, I mean we know there are families right across the river in Matamoros, and I know a great number of people here in the city of Brownsville and elsewhere who go out and attend to them with their basic needs.”
The 40 day lent period of fasting and prayer leads to the celebration of Easter. During this time students who took part this Ash Wednesday, stress the importance of self-reflection.
Amelia Espinoza, UTRGV freshman, “Even if you don’t believe in God it’s just a time to really look into yourself and just be a better person and be a better version of yourself.”
The end of Lent is Thursday April 9th and the celebration of Easter being Sunday, April 12th.