Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent for Western Christians.   Eastern Christians have been celebrating Lent since Monday, known as Clean Monday.

My head is a little dizzy, but my body feels strangely light and responsive.   It is a good time to pray:

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust for power and idle talk.
But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity (integrity), humility, patience and love.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brother. For blessed art Thou unto the ages. Amen.

May it be so with us.