Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday when millions of Catholics begin Lent.

As I have mentioned previously, I work in the Italian-American section of Boston. What a joy it was to see the old Italian Catholics with ash on their heads.

Before work, I went into the Italian Catholic chapel with all of the statues of Jesus, Mary, and the Saints near my workplace to and prayed with the people, ash marks all on their heads.

Sometimes, I’m tempted to return to Catholicism just for the traditions like these.


In Catholicism, the quote from Genesis is recited when you receive your ashes. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

It reminds us that death is natural. Change is natural. It is part of the birth/death/rebirth cycle.

In some Hindu religions, ash is associated with the auspicious destroyer god, Shiva. He is said to be covered in the ashes of corpses from the cremation grounds. Shiva destroys so that there can be creation.

What will you destroy in yourself? What do you want to take its place?

All we are is dust in the wind…



~ by R.M. McGrath on 03/01/2017.

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