We usually begin this season of Lent with ashes emblazoned on our foreheads. This Lent we are in the middle of a pandemic and we are not able to gather in church to begin this season as we would choose to begin it. The ashes will not be impressed upon our foreheads and I am beginning to feel that – that is a good thing. I need to shift that impression from my head to my heart anyway. The heart has needs, the heart can be too cold, calculating; the heart can miss things, the heart can despair, be sad, be empty, be at a loss. We have learned that “ashes are symbol, they are archetypal, BLUNT, and speak the language of the soul.”
(Ronald Rohlheiser, OMI)
This Lent allow the ashes to move from the outside to the inside, is not that what Lent is all about. If you would pray do so in your room with the door closed. If you would give alms, do not let anyone know about it. If you would fast, then fast as though not fasting. Allow the ashes and dust in your life to be emblazoned, impressed, marked deep in your heart by a God who wants you marked forever as God’s own. Feel the pressure of God’s hand signing the ashes and dust upon your heart and LIVE.
Sister Carol L Smith, CSJ