Connect with us

National News

A Wednesday Dilemma

2018 is going to be a weird year for Catholics.

Published

on

This year, February 14th marks two holidays: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Ironically, the deliciously sweet things eaten and celebrated on Valentine’s Day are usually avoided on Ash Wednesday. Such a coincidence hasn’t happened since 1945.

Mainly Catholics and Christians attend mass on Ash Wednesday to acknowledge the beginning of Lent, a 40 day long season lasting until the week before Easter, although this can affect anyone. Fox News reports, this celebrates the number of days Jesus was in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. Lent symbolizes a time to reflect and become a better follower of Jesus.

Ashes are spread on individuals’ foreheads in the form of a cross as a way to clean the soul before fasting during Ash Wednesday. It is also a reminder that life is a precious gift given to us by God and that it will not last forever. Ashes are usually created by burning the palm crosses that were blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday. The holiday is recognized by fasting, carrying out extra acts of charity or by making other promises like reading the Bible or exercising more.

Being that Ash Wednesday requires giving up food or habits through fasting and Valentine’s Day involves festivities and junk food, believers should celebrate the two holidays separately to avoid conflict. A fancy Valentine’s dinner is ideally a juicy steak with a tall glass of wine, but eating any kind of meat on Ash Wednesday contradicts the traditions of Lent. There are always other ways to express love.

Romance is much more than just receiving a dozen red roses, chocolate covered strawberries and balloons. Ash Wednesday is a day to ask yourself how you can be better and improve your love for others. The fact that this holiday falls on Valentine’s Day may just be a reminder to focus, look deeper and discover how you can celebrate both without going against your beliefs.

These same followers will see a second holiday overlap April 1st. on this year’s calendar when April Fools falls on Easter Sunday.

 

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Dani Matias is a student at the University of Texas. She is working toward a Bachelor's degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She is an active member of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc., NABJ and NAHJ.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

History5 hours ago

Judge Rules CNN’s Jim Acosta Must be Granted Previous Press Credentials

A win for journalistic freedom...as the saga continues.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
National News3 days ago

CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta Access

CNN file a lawsuit against President Trump

by , Mercy College
2018 Midterms6 days ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wins a Third Term

Many government officials from New York were reelected and new faces were elected into government in Tuesday's Midterm Election.

by , Mercy College
2018 Midterms1 week ago

Electoral Reform and Voting Rights Expansion Won Big in the Midterms

From Florida to Michigan, voting rights expansions and electoral reform are making gains.

by , The Catholic American University
National News1 week ago

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fracturing Ribs in a Fall

The Supreme Court Justice fell in the office on Wednesday night

by , Cal Poly SLO
Academics1 week ago

Analysis: Adolescent Mental Health Issues are on the Rise and Gun Violence is to Blame

Children are rightfully beginning to fear going to school because of the massive amount of school shootings within recent years.

by , The College of New Jersey
Health2 weeks ago

First FDA Approved Cannabis-Based Drug Available for Prescription

CBD has been known to treat seizures for years, but now the FDA is on board, making it legal for...

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
Government2 weeks ago

Multiple Suspicious Devices Sent to Prominent People in the Democratic Party

Several devices sent to various locations within a few days.

by , Mercy College

Top Reads