And so we begin the season of Lent again. I like Lent, it always comes just when I am most burnt out from the business of life. And then Lent shows up to help reorient and put life back into perspective.

Random factoid: Did you know in Italy  they don’t put a cross on your forehead for Ash Wednesday, but sprinkle the ashes on your head? Yup, it came as a shock to me. I’ll never forget expecting the gritting feeling of cold, wet ash being neatly traced into cross on my forehead and then realizing the priest was sprinkling ashes on my head! But it was neat, I think it gives a better understanding of the phrase “remember you are dust.”

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