Getting Ashes

I love Ash Wednesday.  I love Lent.  When I was going through RCIA in preparation for joining the Catholic Church many years ago Lent was such an intense, emotional time for all of us in the group that its magic still grips me.  From fasting on Ash Wednesday and having my forehead marked with ashes from last Palm Sunday’s burned palms to the Easter Vigil I savor it all.  The music of Lent touches some deep part of my soul.

Every year I try to give up something meaningful for Lent, something that will make a difference in my life and leave a void for God to fill.  Last year I gave up caffeine, which was huge considering I was still getting up at 3:15 every morning for work.  One year I gave up novels, my intention being that I would read more inspirational and self-help books.  That was probably my most difficult year.  One year I did “forty bags in forty days” as a way to clear the clutter from my home and my life.  That went very well.  This year I’m giving up all alcohol and sodas.  I shouldn’t drink with the medications I’m on, anyway, and the diet sodas I drink are full of chemicals my body doesn’t need.  I’ll replace them with water, and take a step towards improving my general health.  It’s not a lot to give up, so I’m also setting aside extra time every day for prayer, and I’m going to attend the Stations of the Cross every other Friday.

And I have to admit, on a completely non-spiritual note, that I love a good fish fry 🙂


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4 thoughts on “Getting Ashes”

  1. Did you hear me squeal when I saw this! I love Ash Wednesday too …. and JUST learned today that it’s actually not a Holy Day of Obligation. (I had no idea.)

    You saw my list … and Brett was talking today about how he just wants to spend more time praying, and in church.

    I’m doing the three pillars -prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The cuss jar proceeds (let’s pray it’s tiny) will go to church, and I’m donating some of my consignment sale proceeds to church as well. We’re going to spend some time in service projects, and Adoration. (for me)

    We’re doing Stations at St Martin on Fri, along with a spaghetti dinner. (service project!) Would LOVE for you to meet us there!

  2. I was raised Catholic but now attend a non-denom church.

    This time of year is when I really miss going to Mass.

    I don’t know what it is…but I do. I love my current church, but anytime I see someone with ashes during this time…it kinda gives me a homesick feeling.

    In a good way.

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