Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ash Wednesday: Cure for the Swollen Ego

Maybe it's my imagination, but I swear when the priests see me they dig deeply into the ashes and load up with an an extra-strength, industrial-strength dose to smear on the forehead of the super-sinner before them.

I can't blame them. When confronted with a lawyer-journalist-politician-lobbyist-talk radio host, they're probably thinking "exorcism" instead of just ashes.

When applying ashes, the priest says: "Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return." It does keep things in perspective. Keeps the head from swelling and the ego from expanding accordingly.

A blessed Lent to all who observe it.

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