Ash Wednesday: Lent is an invitation to take this prayer to heart, to sit with it in all its comprehensiveness and depth and endurance.
If you want a spiritual practice, look outside Lent. And not just on Sundays, and please, don’t light a candle. Also ask the donor of your ashes to mark you not just as ashes to ashes, dust to dust, but ashes to ashes, stardust to stardust.
You are going somewhere. You are about to become a star. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos lit us up by reminding us that everybody who ever was is already up there overhead, blinking. Spiritual practice is becoming a star, every day, and not just in Lent.
NCR Today: Ash Wednesday on the streets; interview with Pope Francis on women, sex abuse; Ugandan bishops tight-lipped about anti-gay law
For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
Author explores the power of offering ashes to strangers on the streets.