Today is Ash Wednesday. Catholics around the world are marking the beginning of Lent. Many Catholics will go to church to have a priest smear ashes on their forehead. The ashes symbolize mourning and penance.
They also remind Catholics of their mortality. Many Christians give up something tangible for Lent such as liquor or a favorite food. They may also reflect on their lives and decide whether to make changes.
They try to purify themselves for Good Friday, which marks Christ's death on the cross, and for Easter Sunday, which celebrates his resurrection.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate mass and place ashes on followers' foreheads at noon at Gesu Church in downtown Miami. Other parishes are holding services throughout the day.
Locally, priests know that daily responsibilities can present an obstacle in making it for weekday church service, so one local Father is trying to help.
Fr. Mark Andrew from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Pompano Beach is offering "ashes-to-go"...kind of a drive-by holy stop on your way to work today.