Get Your Ash in Church
Last updated 2/19/2020 at 11:50am
What was a season of fear and sadness as a child, I have come to realize as a time of hope. I remember growing up with a Catholic father who insisted on fish every Friday, and yet we never attended Mass. Instead I went to a Lutheran church with my father, and Catholic Mass with my mother.
Every year in mid-winter, both communities practiced Lent â€“ a season of reflection, repentance and renewal. It began with Ash Wednesday, where an ash cross was placed on oneâ€™s forehead, and was followed by 40 days of a sorrowful feeling.
As a child it was a dreary time. We were told to give things up...