Ash Wednesday February 22, 2012Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
Ash Wednesday is familiar to just about everybody. Even lots of non-Catholics know it’s the day when Catholics (and non-Catholics, as well, if they wish to participate) receive on their foreheads a cross marked in ashes. As the forehead is marked, the minister repeats the words, “Remember, man, thou art dust; and to dust thou shalt return.” Simple as that.
The cross of ashes we wear tells others the same message, and if anyone should ask, we need to reply with those words. We are being reminded of the brevity of earthly life. The time is short, the ashes say. Make good your time on earth.