Why We Wear Ashes
Ever since my conversion to Catholicism the season of Lent has been especially sacred to me. As a young child I always practiced and respected this season with my Louisiana born mother even though it was not something our church observed. The idea of sacrificing something that was difficult or taking something on that challenged you in the name of God spoke to me even then but we never received ashes. I am not sure the reason although it may have been a disagreement between my parents, we just never did. However, after my conversion I understood how the ashes represent such an essential part of the season. These ashes, made from the palms of the previous year, represent a season of sacrifice and celebrate how precious life truly is. This year, after a loss in our own family, the ashes mean even more. Our son has received ashes every year of his life but this year was full of questions. It is amazing to see our children grow with knowledge and experience. I hope you all have a peaceful and reflective Lenten season.