Ash Wednesday, Every Day

February 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

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Click here to read (Our Lady Queen of Martyr’s) Deacon Greg Kandra’s very meaningful thoughts about Ash Wednesday. An excerpt follows:

More than ever before, it seems, we live in an age of ashes. This soot is a reminder of the fires that have lit our world – and the embers left behind from so many wars, and so many ruins. Think of the fires of Hiroshima, of London, of Auschwitz, of Vietnam, of Baghdad, of New York.

We are citizens of a world on fire, and this is our residue, our stain.

Yet, even though we bear this mark, and have left it on others, we go on. We hope. We repent. We reconcile ourselves with God. We pray. We rebuild, turning over shovels of ash, to begin again. We believe in something better to come: redemption, and resurrection.

I find this so beautiful, even as someone who is neither Catholic nor all that spiritual.

Image from The Deacon’s Bench.

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