Ash Wednesday Links.
First, to the Archdiocese of Detroit, which links to Pope John Paul II's Message for Lent 2003. There's also a very interesting devotion called The Stations of the Resurrection, which I'd never heard of before. It also has Lent fasting laws, observances and even a few recipes (salmon quesadillas!).
Finally, there is the official Archdiocesan Prayer for Peace, which quite appropriately remembers what the military and law enforcement do for us in wartime:
Prayer for Peace
Most merciful and compassionate God.
Father of Peace.
You call us to live as your sons and daughters.
Open the hearts and minds of people that
we might work together for an end to violence
anywhere in our human family.
May our prayers and penance and whatever
suffering we endure, help us to become
instruments of your peace and healing.
Protect all who give their lives for freedom
and keep us from harm.
We ask all this through the intercession of
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Mother of your
Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God
forever and ever. Amen.
Don't miss Mark Sullivan's Ash Wednesday post, which contains prayers and a drool-inducing recipe for clam chowder.
[The recipes are brutal for a guy whose "food" intake for the day has consisted of Maxwell House French Roast.]
Finally, Karen Hall at Disordered Affections has a nice collection of links from around St. Blog's.