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February 17, 2013


The Meaning of Lent: An Ash Wednesday Rant

[Hat tip: Phillip Webster]

From Patheos, where there is more:

None of this has to do with Lent, however, and an earlier generation of spiritually wise women and men would point out that just because you avoid your own mortality and sin by focusing on social and ecological ills does not mean that you are not still running from your mortality and sin.  In fact, one might argue that the surest road to undermining any true humility that would sustain us in those efforts is the failure to begin by drawing closer to God.

Lent, starting stunningly with the obvious words of the Ash Wednesday liturgy is not about your politics: “You are dust and to dust you will return.”

  You are dust whether your carbon footprint is zero or not.

  You are dust whether you care for the poor or not.

  You are dust and one day you will fit in a plastic bag, whether you use them or not.


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