You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent and the day when we Catholics go to mass for the distribution of ashes.
Now that I'm living back in the greater Cincinnati area, spending Ash Wednesday walking around with a smudgy cross on my forehead is no big deal; this area is home to lots of Catholics. I'm just one of the crowd today.
But we've lived places where we were definitely in the minority as Catholics; I've received more than my fair share of weird looks, odd comments, and downright stares on those long ago Ash Wednesday's.
When I was a kid, I'd sit in church on this Holy Day (when we made it to Mass on this mid-week day; my mom did her best to round us up and get us there) with the words to Ring Around the Rosie racing around in my head.
Little did I know just how true that simple song is.
We are so imperfect, we humans. We err and do harm and choose small wrongs over big rights.
But in the midst of all that, we have Love and the choice to love. All because God so loved us. (John 3:16).
We all fall down in our lives. We all fail and drift and forget what really matters. We are all Souls tied to these human bodies that will one day be mere ashes, mere dust.
I'm no theologian, and I'm certainly no expert on Catholicism nor am I a "perfect" Catholic (if such a thing even exists). But I am a believer and Lent offers me a chance to remember, to reduce, and to reconnect.
My bloggy buddy Monica has a great post here about her Lenten experiences; in it is a link to a great synchroblogging event at Godspace; both are worth a click-through if you're looking for a more meaningful Lenten experience.
And me? What am I doing this Lent?
I'm trying to pray more and trying to live this quote from St. Francis de Sales:
"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”
Are you journeying this Lent? What does Lent mean for you?
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