Today is Ash Wednesday, a holiday started because the pope accidentally spilled ashes on his head and someone laughed at him, and so he made everyone else do it - or so I was told in grade 8 by a friend at Catholic School.
Actually it's a liturgical celebration that probably started somewhere long ago for a good reason by a saint in memory of something Christ did (40 days of fasting in the wilderness).
Here's the quote for lent:
"Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God's sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God." -Thomas a Kempis
....the Calvinists are going to crucify me for this quote.... but then I guess if they do, it will not pass without merit lol. win-win situation really.