Week After Pentecost

Make Disciples of All Nations

Peace on earth can be accomplished insofar as all people are brought into Christ and his Church. That means that the Church must evangelize in every nation, but most individual Catholics will evangelize in their own backyards, so to speak. How can you go forth into Ordinary Time and preach the Gospel?
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.

This collect prayer begins the Mass for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Jesus is calling us to "take up battle against spiritual evils." We'll explore fasting itself in a few weeks; during the week of Ash Wednesday, we're going to dig into an important set of weapons the Lord gives us to fight evil: sacramentals.

What's a sacramental? Well, if you attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, you're probably going to receive one on your forehead.