Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Ash Wednesday

Those of us who attend the rites of Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of the fasting season of Lent will know that there is a certain irony becaue we are told not to flaunt our piety, and then promptly marked with a visible cross of ash on our foreheads.
We know that it's important to wipe it off before we continue our day's journey, but those of us in the know can often see the greyish remains of the ceremony.

Thomas Merton reminded me this morning:
All self denial that is not entirely suspended from his (Jesus')
promise is something less than Christian
Thoughts in Solitude p. 29

It's a good reminder to not play games with this sort of stuff, I mean what's the point?

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