Ash Wednesday 2019
From ancient times ashes have been used, even by the pagans, for the practice of penance. The Church has done so also and extended their use to all, not just the public penitents. This sacramental at the beginning of Lent reminds us of the words to Adam after his fall that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. The graces today should inspire us to renounce the pride and arrogance inherited from Adam and draw close to Our Lord as the saints have told us and finally to realize that in the end we will be judged by love alone.