Yup, today is the big day….Ash Wednesday when all the Lenten fun begins. I don’t mean to be in the least bit disrespectful of this day. In fact, I revel in it. Bring on those ashes!
Today I’ll be on the go all day to bring ashes to the homebound in our parish. So many can’t get out and appreciate the fact that they can continue to receive communion or to particpate in Ash Wednesday, even if they can’t get out. I appreciate the fact that I was allowed into this Ministry because it’s been the one thing that has managed to keep me together through all my trials.
Lent is that time to work at inner purity that brings us closer to God. It’s not the time to give up food for the express purpose of losing weight. Or, to give up stuff you don’t like anyway. My husband gives up milk every year….he hates milk. In my case, sweets and stuff like that are not that important and too easy to give up, so I try my hand at praying more, doing more work to serve God, and in general, not be a b**ch for the next 40 days. Think that’s easy? Ha! Do you know how bad I wanted to give the finger to the guy behind me this morning who was beeping his horn because my car wasn’t moving out onto the busy highway fast enough for his taste. No….I just smiled and thought to myself, “What a lucky man you are today! Any other day I would have gotten out of my car and shoved your head into the steering wheel.”
All kidding aside, I do love the Lenten Season. I love the prayers, I love the traditions, I love the whole fasting and abstaining. Most of all I love that I can connect with God in a way I struggle to do so the rest of the year. Not to mention, I might even work off some of my purgatory time. Although, something tells me that this blog is going to add a few years or so to my time. Besides, even if I gave up blogging, who would notice? LOL!
So, to all who are Catholic or Christian and doing their Ash Wednesday thing, God bless your hearts. For those who choose the church of Roman Wonderwomanism (I got that from Randal, of course), then throw on those hot pants and repent all those extra pounds you gained this year.
Have a good one!
Will be around sporatically today, lots of people waiting for me to call on them and spread those ashes in a perfect form of the cross. I try to do a clean job, but it’s not easy painting with ashes.
Love you all,