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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 09:50 PM

A Catholic Guide to Ashes

Today is Ash Wednesday, aka "Let's Figure Out Who's Catholic Day," when practicing Roman Catholics get a bit of soot smudged on their foreheads to remind them of the whole ashes-to-ashes, dust-to-dust thing. It's also the start of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter where everyone makes unbearable jokes about what they're giving up for Lent. It's also the day after the sin-fest of Fat Tuesday/Carnival/Mardi Gras, so Ash Wednesday also serves the purpose of forcing hungover Catholics to actually get out of bed on Wednesday. Except the people who got the "First in Line" smudge, who are no fun on Fat or skinny Tuesdays.

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I forgot it was Ash Wednesday, but I did buy a King's Cake.

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mia Feb 2015 OP
No Vested Interest Feb 2015 #1
Kingofalldems Feb 2015 #4
No Vested Interest Feb 2015 #5
okasha Feb 2015 #2
Fortinbras Armstrong Feb 2015 #3
Kingofalldems Feb 2015 #6
rustbeltvoice Feb 2015 #7

Response to mia (Original post)

Wed Feb 18, 2015, 11:49 PM

1. Rudy Guiliani was on Fox with a very prominent x-large-Hindu style on

his otherwise naked head.
Guess he's now got religion!

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 07:09 PM

4. Didn't he abandon his wife?

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 07:23 PM

5. I believe he did abandon his wife.

Perhaps that's why he's reminding himself- and the world- that he will - at some point - return to ashes.


(Edit - I'm looking for the sarcasm symbol & can't find it. Pardon.)

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Response to mia (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 12:47 AM

2. You see a lot of Rorsarschs and Franciscans on Episcopalians.

I also saw several embellished with paint or clay today. Nice two-tone effect.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 08:47 AM

3. I used to have a close friend who was a Conservative Jew

One year, he asked my why I had ashes smeared on my forehead, and I said that it was to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. He said, "Well, happy Ash Wednesday."

For years we had a running joke, in which I would wish him a happy Yom Kippur and a happy Tisha B'Av; and he would wish me a happy Ash Wednesday and a happy Good Friday.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 07:28 PM

6. Question: Here in the DC area local Epicopalian churches

set up ash dispensing sites at subway stops. Would these be valid for Catholics? My gut tells me no but could be wrong.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 12:24 PM

7. Valid

Ashes are a sacramental, not a sacrament. There is no issue with validity or licitness. All are free to use, impose ashes; as all are free to use holy water.

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