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Catholic University Marks Beginning of Lent With Mass and Ashes

The Catholic University of America marked the beginning of Lent with Mass and the distribution of ashes at Caldwell Chapel on Feb. 22, 2012. In his homily, Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S.S., Professor of Liturgical Studies, told the congregants that ashes — once strewn on snowy sidewalks to help passersby maintain their footing — serve as a reminder of the “balance” that Catholics seek in their spiritual lives as they pray, fast, and perform works of charity during the Lenten season. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)