Repent! Remember, man, that thou art dust

Valentine’s Day? Arizona Statehood Day? Any other year, that’s how we might refer to February 14. This year, however, February 14 is, first and foremost, Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday, 2018
Unlike last year, this year I managed to get a forehead selfie before I smudged ashes all over my shirt sleeve.

I like to get a jump on my Lenten repentance, so I arrived at Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix at 6:05 this morning to get in line for confession. Unfortunately, Kathryn had to be at work earlier in the morning, but she was able to join me at the church around 6:20. Distribution of ashes started at 6:30, and we also stuck around for Mass afterwards. Not a bad way to start the day.

Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.

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