Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday. The ashes remind us of many things. on a very basic level, they remind us of our origins. In the beginning, God breathed into a pile of dirt. And then there was life. Lent is a time of new life, a spiritual springtime. Primarily, we receive this new life during these 40 days through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But we have to be real with these disciplines, or we won’t have any new life at all.