We begin the season of lent with ashes on our foreheads…

Something inside each of us knows exactly why we take the ashes…

… to say to yourself that this is not “ordinary time” for you… that some important work is going on silently inside you, and that you are, metaphorically and really, in the cinders of a dead fire, waiting for a fuller day in your life….

There is something innate to the human soul that knows that, every so often, one must make a journey of descent, be smudged, lose one’s luster, and wait while the ashes do their work…

Ronald Rolheiser



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