Today is Ash Wednesday

22 Feb

First Reading: Joel 2:12-18
Psalm: Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:206:2
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18


I’m just compiling a series of “explanations” about Ash Wednesday.

Mark Hart wrote on Life Teen today “Why do Catholics put ashes on our heads on Ash Wednesday?” and shares some serious and some quirky answers.

The Ignorant Response

“My mom made me go to church and get them. I have no idea what they mean.”

Busted Halo also provided a 2-minute primer on Ash Wednesday and Lent, and what we should do as Christians during this time.

And I just love this thing they put in the video:

“We don’t wear ashes to proclaim our holiness but to acknowledge that we sin and are in need of repentance and renewal.”

Now that looks like a good poster for next year’s Ash Wednesday preparation. 🙂


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