Happy Ash Wednesday!
At noon, St. John’s Church will be filled with Creighton students
and employees lining up for ashes.
“It’s not even a holy day of obligation,” said I to an ash-laden
colleague last year.
“But Ash Wednesday is cool,” she replied.
In the pre-Vatican II era Ash Wednesday ushered in six grim weeks.
Ironically the most devout often violated the spirit of today’s Gospel:
One scrupulous woman in our parish told everyone that she weighed her food so her breakfast and lunch did not add up to more than her dinner. No one could accuse her of breaking the fasting rules! I’m sure other members of the Catholic Daughters were impressed. She had her reward.
I’m big on doing something positive during Lent rather than giving
up something to brag about like friends on the Atkins Diet.
Don’t just start Lent with cool ashes. Do something cool during
it so you can observe these weeks without anyone catching on to what you
are doing – anyone except Jesus!
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