plate of ashes

Dust Bowl and Ashes

In 2012, I watched a PBS documentary about the 1930’s Dust Bowl. Those images returned to me at the beginning of Lent. Do you recall that tragic story of the severe drought and dust storms that ravaged the Prairies during the 1930’s? It got me reflecting on why the Dust…

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Blessed palm

From Palm to Ashes

It’s that time of year again. Any day now a box will appear in the monastery mailroom with a sign inviting the Sisters to place the previous year’s blessed palm in the box so that it may be burned to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. Not many of us give…

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Embers, ashes, and Ophir’s gold

Psalm 45 contains a line that reads “a princess arrayed in Ophir’s gold.” The phrase always makes me pause and consider what I am arrayed in. It’s not about clothing as much as it is about attitudes, thoughts, actions… It’s a kind of examination of conscience. What kind of ‘spiritual…

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