Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent starts with a double reminder, of our mortality, and of our need to do penance. Two of the phrases priests will say as they impose ashes on people’s foreheads today precisely suggest two ways to prepare for this holy season. “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” reminds us all of our mortality, a fact we all have to face some time or another. On the other hand the priest may say “Repent and believe in the Good News of Jesus Christ,” encouraging us to do penance and turn away from sin. This is also a time to do less and to do more. Less of the complaining, less of the vices and pleasures we all like, less of the anger, impatience and aloofness that we show to others. And more of the respect, more of the kindness we show, more of the concern and genuine interest we show towards others in the many simple ways that we come across in our daily lives.

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