One of the most sacred times of the Christian calendar is upon us. Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent, the time of year in which the faithful atone for their sins and prepare for Jesus's resurrection on Easter.

Father Bill John Melançon, pastor of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Catahoula, joined Bernie and Ian on Acadiana's Morning News to discuss the purpose of Lent; the importance of penance, including acts of charity; and how those who've become distant from the church can find their way back.