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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 384 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 131 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 144 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 125 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 132 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 187 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 178 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 149 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 161 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 129 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 116 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 131 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 125 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 125 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 140 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 128 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 124 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 226 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 147 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 139 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 127 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 133 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 142 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 131 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 132 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 138 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 230 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 157 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 150 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 133 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 125 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 134 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 150 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 132 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 110 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 133 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 177 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 111 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 130 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 128 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 133 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 125 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09


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