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Ashes to Ashes

February 5, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
This week begins the solemn observance of the Lenten season for most of the Christian world. On Wednesday, ashes will be placed on the foreheads of church-goers as a reminder of the season. The ashes are an outward sign of faith, but I can't tell you how many times I've have had to endure the jokes from those who do not understand it and remark about my "dirty" forehead. It's a great lesson in humility and sometimes tests the faith of those who are the butt of the jokes. These same jokers laugh all the way to the hundreds of fish fries held in conjunction with Lent. For many, no meat will be consumed on Ash Wednesday or on Fridays during the Lenten time. Many people give up a favorite food or pastime as a penance during Lent. Modern teachings suggest the faithful forego giving up something and in turn give more of themselves to their fellow man. Maybe that means working at the soup kitchen, donating food items or clothing to the poor, or assisting at a school program. And for goodnesss sakes I wish those commentors on TV would quit saying Good Friday Morning to us every week. There is only ONE Good Friday, folks and it has special meaning for many of us. It really sounds stupid to hear it other than on the real Good Friday.


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