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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 492 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 165 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 171 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 150 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 159 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 217 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 210 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 174 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 202 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 152 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 140 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 157 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 149 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 148 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 162 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 155 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 163 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 294 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 172 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 163 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 169 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 164 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 168 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 160 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 177 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 261 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 195 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 175 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 160 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 151 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 160 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 178 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 157 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 136 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 156 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 205 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 138 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 155 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 169 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 161 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 162 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09


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