HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, and local Catholics attended services today to celebrate the day.
"Lent is a time where our Lord wants to bring us into the desert and work on us," Father Mark Ropel said. "We all aren't perfect. You know we do a lot of things to get ready for other things such as college, and work on grades or athletics. Lent is intended to work on us and our relationship with God, our family, our job, and our personal time; to get the priorities of life in order."
Lent will last for 40 days, and will end on Holy Thursday; the day before Good Friday.
"You know, the church gives you this time over and over and over again and what we're hoping for is at some point you get it right," Father Ropel said. "That you do put God first, and then your family, then job, then personal and so, Lent's a wonderful opportunity to sort of build some good virtue and let it carry over past Lent."