A New Journey Begins From our archives, by Sister Therese Ann Rich Blessings as we begin the great season of Lent! Ash Wednesday starts preparations to celebrate the high point of our faith — The Paschal Mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of the Incarnate God. Formerly it was a time of severe penance. We purified ourselves from sinful habits before celebrating the Paschal Mystery and renewing our commitment to following Jesus. But our reflections shouldn’t only focus on the negative. Over the next six weeks, we should ask: What positive things should be part of my daily life? How do I behave toward family, friends, colleagues and others I meet? How active am I as a member of the Christian community, my parish? What difference do I make in the world, within my limitations? Remember that real penance is to live life well. Be the mercy and peace of God toward others.