To day is Ash Wednesday and I will post some on Ash Wednesday.....I am very proud of my faith and I wear my ashes with such, some say "You idolize the Virgin Mary, O, so not true, we Thank her for giving us her son, some say "You pray to Saint's" again not true, we pray to God, certain Saints have been recognized for the miracles, while they where alive, but, here again, another BUT we know that God is the healer, and yes, we do believe in the Holy Spirit. God has done some marvelous things in my life, that only HE can make happen, I love him with all my being and I look forward to the day I can feel his hand in mine when he's reaches his arm out to me, and I can't wait to see his eye's, the look of love in them, and feel his hair, that looks like satin, and touch his robe, I can't wait, and I do believe the time of leaving this world is nearer than most realize, I'm I ready? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
* Therefore I reprehend myself, and do penance in dust and ashes. Job 42;6
Now, a little FYI on Ash Wednesday:
First of all the ashes are recycled Palm leaves, that church member bring back from the following Palm Sunday year, they are burned and blessed. The ashes from burnt palms show us the link between victory, and penance and mortification which ashes have always symbolized.
Before mass, a verse from Psalms is said asking for Gods grace & mercy, then their are 4 prayers said that express what the ashes means. The ashes are put on forehead because it's the seat of pride, and for showing the world we believe in God, they are to witness to the public of things that our society does not wish to embrace, the reality of death, forgiveness of sin, and the hope of resurrection in Our Lord, Jesus Christ!!!
Now some of the information here I got from a Priest, and he looked at me and said "Anne (he always call me Ann, maybe from St.Anne, but close enough to Annette, and I let it go) you should know most of it....go do some research, and not from google, and let me know what you find", well I have and he gave me some more information to share.... remember God say's " Remember, Man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shall return" Genesis 3