“What explains the gravitational pull that ashes, palms, holy water, rosaries and medals exert on us?”
During this year’s celebration of Ash Wednesday Feb. 17, many dioceses will be following the Vatican’s recommendation of a modified method for distributing ashes.
Placing of ashes on the forehead is a reminder that although humanity is merely dust in the earth, it can also become something wondrous “if we allow ourselves to be shaped by the hands of God” Pope Francis said Feb. 26.
Cremation and the scattering of ashes and deep faith and loving God
Each of us is called to be a companion and helper for others on the way to repentance. The ashes that we receive on Ash Wednesday mark us as fellow travelers to Easter glory.