There will be ashes, redux

This ran early on Tuesday morning, in error. I guess my blogging hiatus has me out of shape! So I am rerunning this today, the actual Ash Wednesday. And now it runs, with the backdrop of Pope Benedict’s resignation. He will retire to a monastery, which, to quote The Anchoress, “is One does not “retire” into monasticism; a monastery is not an idyllic place of retreat, but a full-thrust into spiritual depths. It is where one goes to pray, do penance…” With that, let Ash Wednesday begin. What is it about Ash Wednesday? What calls so many people into church? Is it the desire to show off our marked foreheads? If so, that runs in contradiction to today’s Gospel.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;

But I got my ashes, shouldn’t (please continue reading at the Times Union.)