Lenten Posts – 2

Another fine post for your Lenten Journey…

As we leave the Church’s calendar of Ordinary Time and enter into this season of Lent, many of us will attend Mass, receiving ashes on our forehead. The ashes we receive come from the blessed palms we received last year on Palm Sunday. And it may come as a bitter truth to some, that even though we have been created in the image and likeness of God, like these burnt ashes, we are mere dust, on our own.

At the beginning of these forty days of Lent, the priest makes the smudge of a cross with the black ashes on our foreheads, while whispering the words, “Remember, O man, that dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return.”  Which serves to remind the faithful that Lent is a time for conversion from sin… It is a reminder for us to turn our hearts to the Lord. This outward sign of a cross is not a means of showing the world how holy we are. Rather, it is a sign that we are willing to accept the reality that without God, we have no breath… That without God we have no life

Read the rest  at  Second Hand Saints

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