[Joel 2:12-18; 2Cor 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18]
To help us understand the significance of lent the Church makes use of a sign, the sign of ashes. Ashe is blessed and imposed on the forehead of each one of us.
Ash is an object of daily contact. Every one, young or old, come in contact with ash or dust, and everyone knows that it is one of the things of least importance.