On Ash Wednesday, as I applied ashes to the foreheads of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I said: ”Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
This was based on Psalm 103:13:
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
I would like to offer to you the same suggestion that I made to those gathered for Ash Wednesday service. Embark on a fast during the 40 days of Lent. Howeve
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