Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart ...
- Joel 2:12a
At my church, the Ash Wednesday masses are always full or overflowing, which is interesting, because it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. But, it is a date that really speaks to the heart of many.
Joel: Prophet and Saint
The first reading at Ash Wednesday mass always comes from the 2nd Chapter of Joel. His words are full of encouragement to cling closely to God.
Perhaps it is these words that bring out a yearning in people's hearts - perhaps they feel a nudge to step up their efforts to walk closer with the Lord.
If your Lenten Sacrifices or Promises begin to wane during Lent, ask Saint Joel to pray for you ... that you might be given a bit more strength to persevere for the season.