Today, Christians mark the beginning of the season of fasting called Lent – a time for reflecting on the wrong decisions made in life, and for choosing a new direction.
Many Christians mark this day by receiving ashes on their forehead as a sign of sorrow. This year, ashes will be available as part of the 12.15 p.m. service of Holy Communion held at the Chaplaincy, 20 Llantwit Road, and also in the Lower Glyntaf Chaplaincy Room (using the Roman Catholic rite of ashing) at 8.40 a.m.
This year, Ash Wednesday falls in Fairtrade fortnight. Whatever religious viewpoint we hold, we might join today in recognising that the decisions we make about purchasing food and clothing have a real impact on the poorest nations of our planet. Perhaps today is a good day to decide to act differently, and to spend a moment in sorrow for the decisions we have made in the past.