Every Day is Ash Wednesday

For the majority of Christians in the West, the observance of Ash Wednesday is the first day of what is termed the Season of Lent, which occurs six-and-forty days before Easter.

A “moveable feast” Ash Wednesday can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10 and was so named because of the practice of drawing a cross upon the forehead of followers as a sign of repentance.

Typically, a minister or priest will quote the book of Genesis as the ashes are applied to the individual’s forehead, saying: “Remember, O man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)

This verse hearkens one’s thoughts back to the fall of humanity, whereupon the transgression of God’s first laws by Adam and Eve resulted in mankind being cast out of Eden. The curse of which followers of Jesus Christ believe was lifted by the atoning work of His death by Roman crucifixion.

Another parallel drawn can be found in the prophecy of Ezekiel. The Scriptures describe a vision the prophet saw, where a “man clothed in linen” placed a “mark” upon those that felt sorrow for the evil that surrounded them.

The ones who felt this sorrow and received the mark were spared, while those that did not perished.

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2.13.10

The Old Man and the CDs Today is the 49th birthday of Henry Rollins, an American singer-songwriter, raconteur, spoken word artist, writer, publisher, actor, radio DJ, and social activist. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Rollins formed the short-lived band State of Alert in 1980 before accepting an offer to front the influential … Continue reading 2.13.10

Awe

“I had no God but these, the sacerdotal Trees, and they uplifted me. The sun and moon I saw, and reverential awe subdued me day and night. Within a lifeless Stone, all other gods unknown, I sought Divinity. For sacrificial feast, I slaughtered man and beast, red recompense to gain.” Faith into action, the mystic … Continue reading Awe

The Worst of the Pain

There is a great tendency in this country to refuse to see what is right in front of everybody’s eyes.

While there is now, finally, a great deal of talk among the politicians and in the news media about unemployment, there is still almost a willful refusal to focus on just who is suffering the most from joblessness and underemployment.

When it comes to employment, there are roughly three broad categories in the United States…

The folks in the upper-income group are not suffering much, if at all, from the profound reversals in employment brought about by the Great Recession. Those in the middle have been hit hard. The job losses there have been severe and long-lasting.

But for those in the lower-income groups, the scale of the employment crisis has been mind-boggling.

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