Thursday, February 18, 2010

A smudge made me do it...

Many people, including (Catholics themselves,) have no idea why we walk around on Ash Wednesday with dirty black smudges on our foreheads.
First, it’s not a smudge! It’s supposed to be a cross drawn with ash. (However, some of the people administering the ashes are a little better artists than others.) Either way, it gets the job done.
Second, the ashes represent our mortality and are an outward sign of our sinfulness.
But why would anyone want to be reminded of this?
Perhaps because it’s true. We are indeed mortal – we are dust and from dust we shall return (Gen 3:19). We are sinful too. And in a world that constantly says “if it feels good, do it” and suggests that a guilty conscience is just one more thing we need a prescription for, we definitely need this healthy dose of reality...
Lent is a time to re-evaluate our lives. Yes, we are dust. Now do we spend our lives chasing more dust? Or are we chasing the one thing that can truly make an eternal difference? Are we chasing the one Being who can actually breathe life into dust?
For a people of dust, this is our only hope.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

from Lincoln, with love

Had an amazing valentiens day, my love is working up in Rhode island untill the 20th, so to his surprise i arrived in Rhode Island tuesday night have have been living the good life in the hotel :) i slacked in the photo taking tho but as LP says whoootfc. stopped by Empire of rhode island to get a blow out gotta support my fellow students! props to jen for the great hair! and i had a total fate moment, it was the schools open house! (my school is having ours in march! save the date) such a motivation to keep pressing forward! rock on empire of warick. check out if you want to love what you do too!