The mark of ash on our foreheads is not for showing off our religiosity or holiness. Instead, it is a reminder of our sins, weaknesses, and imperfections. We are called to return to God by asking for His mercy and forgiveness. It is the time to repent, to recollect, and to renew. The best way to make Christ's mercy present is by loving God and others above ourselves. By doing so, we love Christ residing in each and every one of us. As we start the Lenten season, let us leave the world and start living with Christ.