Friday, March 18, 2011

"You are dust and unto dust you shall return"

We are well into Lent- the Catholic season of 40 days and 40 nights before Jesus is raised from the dead on Easter Sunday. This picture was taken on Ash Wednesday when we celebrated Mass as a school community and learned some important lessons about what it means to be generous and to have gratitude. But mostly we took away foreheads full of ashes in remembrance of our physical bodies having their origin and their destiny in dirt.  You heard me.  Dirt.

Such disparity in this photo!  These young women, so young and beautiful with their bright smiles and hope for the future; their willingness to learn and grow and connect with life!  Their hopeful faces smudged with ashes…

I want to tell them some secrets about life but they will need to learn those on their own at the school of hard knocks.  But today I want them to know that they are perfect in every way.  And that they are loved beyond belief by their parents and by their God. And that no one can take that away from them.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.  Be the beautiful young women that you are and guard this treasure.  That is my Lenten prayer for you.  Fresh faces and ashes.  Amen

5 Responses

  1. Jeff Denecke on said:

    Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return. In between those events though – live a full life!

    • admin on said:

      Yes indeed! Hey, Jeff, can you post your blog next time you make a comment? Not sure how to do all this but I will ask Dave on Tuesday!

  2. Rosemary Ruiz Fernandez on said:

    Remember woman that thou art dust, and unto dust you shall return. However, in the meantime, keep your patent leather shoes clean.

  3. admin on said:

    And the house clean and you children out of trouble! Love you, my friend!

  4. Mary Lea Chamberlain on said:

    What a beautiful sentiment, Sissy. If only they could hold on to that hope and innocence forever! I love reading your blog! It always puts a smile on my face. Love you!

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