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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season where members of the Catholic Church and other protestant denominations give something up for 40 days. Our Nolan Crane went to St. Matthews Catholic Church where the pews were full in observance of this Ash Wednesday.

The Mardi gras season ended as the clock struck midnight ending Fat Tuesday which is the feast before the fast. One day can make a big difference instead of filling streets people are now filling pews inside of churches.

"Ashes are put on the forehead remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return. We are reminded of our mortality. We are reminded of our shortness of life and we're called to again draw ourselves closer to god throughout this time," said Scott Brandle.

The ash placed on their foreheads is an outward sign of an inward commitment to sacrifice for 40 days.

"Try to do better with my mouth, I mean what comes out of your mouth is a reflection of your soul and so you got to try to do better with that," said Pam Dautriel.

"I'm gonna give up soda pop," said Herbert Matthews.

"It's not all about giving up but I will be doing less eating during lent. That's one of the things I'll be trying to do is push away some of those desserts so to speak," said John Dautriel.

Regardless of what anyone in this room chooses to give up church leaders say it's important to make more time for things that matter most.

"The root of disciple is discipline. To discipline ourselves to be more Christ like to be holier in our lives and so these forty days are really focused on doing just that," said Scott Brandle.

Every Friday people who observe lent are restricted from eating meat that comes from four legged animals or birds. That's one reason you will see more restaurants offering more fish options on their menus.


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