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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 427 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 152 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 154 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 135 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 142 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 196 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 190 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 159 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 183 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 135 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 124 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 142 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 135 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 133 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 146 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 139 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 146 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 258 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 156 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 149 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 151 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 144 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 151 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 141 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 141 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 160 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 243 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 179 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 159 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 144 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 134 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 144 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 161 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 141 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 121 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 142 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 190 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 123 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 140 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 154 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 145 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 146 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09

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