Father John Higgins, pastor of St. Raymond’s parish in Downey, recorded a 3-minute homily on Monday, Feb. 24, for use at his parish on Ash Wednesday.

Here is a 15-second excerpt:

“Let’s not give up something we really don’t care about that much, or maybe we do care about it, and we’re going to go right back to it.

“Imagine a man giving up alcohol for Lent and then on Easter Sunday he decides  ‘I can get drunk today.’ That’s not the spirit of Lent.”