Look again at the ashes on the forehead. This time notice that the ashes of our mortality is also a mark of the cross. The cross of Ash Wednesday is not just a symbol of suffering, but also a symbol of hope. Our actions on Ash Wednesday, just like people, are not meant to stand alone or be an end in itself. Ash Wednesday sets people on a path (during Lent) towards Easter. Experience the journey of faith,
within a community of care, hope, and love
; which leads us deeper into the fullness of life.