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Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Remember That You Are Dust, And To Dust You Shall Return…”


Ash Wednesday is a celebration of human mortality.

As Catholics, we attend Mass and have ashes placed on our forehead. They remind us that our physical life is temporarybut God is eternal and our spirit exists forever.

One day we will die, but our ancestors will follow us and keep our traditions.

Ash Wednesday is also the beginning of Lent, which involves forty days of pennance.

During Lent, Catholics have a Lenten fast and give up a pleasure or a vice to develop self control. Popular choices include deserts, fast food, video games, smoking, cursing, or Facebook. Through denying ourselves, we develop strength and  discipline.

On Fridays, Catholics also abstain from eating meat and many attend Stations of the Cross. We remember the example that Jesus set on Good Friday when he sacrificed himself for us.

Poet T.S. Eliot captures this powerful experience in his poem “Ash Wendesday”.

Eliot identified himself as as “classicist in literature, royalist in politics, and Anglo-Catholic in religion“.

In “Ash Wednesday”, he describes the struggle and beauty of faithashWednesday2  Continue reading

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