What do the ashes on Ash Wednesday actually represent?

What do the ashes on Ash Wednesday actually represent?

This year, February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day. It’s also Ash Wednesday, an ancient religious holiday that, for Catholics, is one of the holiest days of the year. Ash Wednesday is known for the ash crosses spotted on foreheads throughout the day, but how many people know what the ashes actually represent?

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which is the 40 days of preparing for Jesus to be resurrected up until...

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