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A Christian festival celebrated by Catholics the world over. The faithful's foreheads are crossed with ash created from the burned palms used to celebrate the previous Palm Sunday. The ash is a reminder of our mortality of our body's eventual return to ash. We are also asked to abstain from meat and to fast by not eating in between meals.

Perhaps the lesson is humility. Perhaps the lesson is merely to focus our temporal minds on our immortal souls lasting importance.

A question: how many posters celebrated this festival today? How many of you would profess to be Christians. It is an innocent question.

I have noticed that some posters seem hell bent (pardon the pun) on putting down Christianity. They would even to so far as to deny Jesus ever walked this Earth. A very arrogant claim considering the huge weight of historical and contemporary evidence to support His existence. But we all chose our own paths.

I am curious how many of those who would deny his existence were brought up by Christian parents in a Christian country? I would hazard a wild guess at most of them. But I bet again that most of them (pardon the use of the word them) didn't know the significance of Ash Wednesday. A very telling point!

In my experience those who would find cause and time to criticise Christianity are people who nurture a great ignorance of the religion while enthusiastically embracing ill conceived factitious stories that basically go a long the lines what all those religious people who have spent time studying their religion in an informed manner are wrong and this wild idea from this philosophical conjurer who is probably got as many good intentions as a paedophile on heat.

Forgive the rant.

Any thoughts recriminations or otherwise telling thoughts.

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Subject Views Written By Posted
Lent: Ash Wednesday 340 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 117 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 125 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 104 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 115 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 167 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 161 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 133 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 147 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 116 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 100 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 119 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 113 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 108 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 127 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 109 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 112 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 191 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 134 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 126 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 115 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 119 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 124 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 118 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 118 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 125 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 215 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 147 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 139 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 120 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 112 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 121 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 138 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 118 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 97 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 122 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 165 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 98 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 121 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 116 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 121 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 114 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09


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