“…the throat blessings, ASHES, or palms are not magical. They are tangible symbols of a spiritual life…” One does not come to church and just place ashes on a forehead. One should have the intention of deepening or strengthening the spiritual life that one is working on, due to the call of baptism. “
The quote above was sent by email by our Parish priest. One might think he doesn’t want a Catholic to come to Church? I think he just likes to remind Catholics what IT is all about. Sometimes, Catholics with the best intentions only show up for the ‘big’ stuff or traditions and rituals,they don’t mean much if you are not spiritual. In addition, those looking at us like we are a bit nutty well, I understand, but we don’t think that stuff is magical,just traditions and symbols. It would be pretty cool if they were magical and wiped everything away
Are you Catholic? Do you get ashes? Do you participate in Lent?