"Remember, Man is dust, and unto
dust you shall return."
A busy evening of school council, Knights of Columbus paperwork and an evening Mass.
Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent.
Our foreheads are marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
Ashes were used in ancient times to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults.
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense.
I told my boys that we do not wash the ashes off our foreheads because we marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth.
Fasting is not something that I observe, with the exception of eating fish on Fridays.
I am looking forward to doing the Stations of the Cross throughout Lent. Observing the stations is one of my favorite R.C. traditions as it forces me to reflect on the sacrifices that Christ made for his followers.
We are proud to follow our convictions and participate in this season of penance and reflection which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.