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Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2010, 5:32 pm
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Every year I attend Ash Wednesday Mass, and every year I go through the same argument — should I keep the ashes on my forehead or not? Generally I end up wiping them off, because it seems to me that keeping the ashes is like rending my garments and not my heart. However, I respect the argument that the ashes are a visible witness to Christ. I’d kind of like to leave them on, as such a witness, but I can’t justify it for myself.

That pretty much takes care of the arguments that I see, so this will be a short post. I hope the comments will be many and varied.  Post away!