Marc Foley on the meaning of ashes …
“The ashes placed upon our foreheads on Ash Wednesday do not have a single meaning. They can symbolize our mortality (“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”) or our need for conversion (“Repent, and believe in the gospel”). The ashes may also represent illusionary dreams that have come to nothing, for they are derived from the palms that we carry in procession on Palm Sunday.”
Marc Foley in the new A Season of Rebirth: Daily Meditations for Lent (New City Press, $12.95, paperback), reviewed in the post directly below this one on One-Minute Book Reviews.
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