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Ash Wednesday-- at last!

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 22, 2012

Maybe it's just something about my age, or my particular circle of acquaintances. But I have the sense that many people--myself included--have been anxious for Lent to begin. Have you?

There's a general recognition out there, I think, that we're facing some serious battles: socially and politically as well as spiritually. We need to whip ourselves into shape to face those challenges. At least that's certainly how I feel; do you feel the same way?

If you do--and even if you don't--let me offer the traditional cheery greeting of the season: May you have a miserable Lent!

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Cornelius - Feb. 22, 2012 1:06 PM ET USA

    Yes, I too have felt that. I've been counting down the days til Ash Wednesday and have set up a much more rigorous than usual Lenten observance for myself. Something's afoot . . . .

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 22, 2012 10:32 AM ET USA

    Yes, Phil, I've been anxious for it to begin, too. It's about time to get myself into shape . . . again. May you have a miserable one, too!