Monday, March 3, 2014

LENT: Dark, Black Ashes Mark My Mortality

Ash Wednesday is March 5th.

Christians, among others, will mark their foreheads Wednesday with burnt remains of ashes from Palm Tree fronds.

For 40 days, these believers in Jesus the Christ will intentionally go the way of the cross to Calvary 2,000 years ago.

Up until Holy Thursday Mass, they will pray, fast from meat and other foods, and, give to the needy the world over.

And, after the Triduum of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, 50 days of celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead is observed by these same followers of the Christ.

Morphng, mending and more.

Matthew Misiak, a fifth-year medical student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, asked me after the evening Mass at Saint Thecla in Clinton Topwnship, MI.,  for the title of one good book for his Lenten (an Old English word, "Lencten," meaning "springtime") trek.

Misiak is serious about entering this penitential season fully.

"Killing Jesus," I told him.  A remarkable history tome by Drugard and O'Reilly.

And, quickly, I added, "The Little Black Book," at the doors of the church.  Six minutes a each dayof Lent  in prayer is facilitated by this "head-turner" of a vest-pocket or purse-friendly booklet written by the distinguished Kenneth Untener, STD (doctor of saced theology), a bishop of Saginaw, MI., and a former Belle Isle canoe worker with his dad at the historic Belle Isle, a jewel in downthown Detroit, now managed by the State park officials.

The ashes mark one's mortality.

That one will die one day and pass over, and, share eternal life unless she or he has other plans!

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