“Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting and weeping and morning. Rend you hearts not your garments, and return to the Lord your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.” (Jl. 2: 12-13)
Reflection: Lord does not want you to rend your cloths, rather he wanted you to rend your hearts- come to me with a broken heart. There is no meaning in doing some penance because the others are doing it, or for the sake of the same. Rather each action/moment of denying something must touch our heart. So each one looking into one’s life should be able to decide what one needs to take as a penance to detach himself form this world and to attach to the Lord.