Ash Wednesday

It's Lent, again. This time it sneaked up on me.

Trivia question: What are the ashes made from?

They are the burned palms from last years Palm Sunday procession.

Funny how nobody much seemed revved up by Mardi Gras this year.

Below are the opening lines from T.S. Eliot's poem, Ash Wednesday.

Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?



Aunty Belle said...

Some of y'all may remember that fer Lent Aunty is blog quiet. I will post now an' then, but it woan be chatty, jes' contemplative. I'll be lookin' at yore blogs in onc't in awhile to see how y'all be doin'--but I cain't comment (an' yakkity yak as I is, that is a real sacrifice!)

Bless one an' all!

fishy said...

Peace Be With You Aunty.

Buzz Kill said...

I'll be taking The Pudge to get ashes tonight. We haven't discussed what we're giving up for Lent. I'm thinking XBox, but that will be a hard sell. Good luck with your resolve and deep thoughts.

Karl said...

Good Morning Aunty Belle,

We will miss you.

BlazngScarlet said...

Peace to you & Uncle.

Last years leftover Palm fronds.
I am no longer a practicing Catholic, but I do remember my upbringing.


Jenny said...

It crept on me too. When I saw the news photos of Mardis Gras I thought "what?"

Take care and (as always) you'll be missed. xoxo

moi said...

This should be a good time for you to work on your Pinterest boards :o)

Peace be with you and Uncle.

Anonymous said...

Ah, it is well to have a quiet time now and again.

I had a little time to catch up with things this evening and just put a post on Artemis (http://artemispage.wordpress.com/) that might amuse Uncle. I hope he is continuing to do well.


Pam said...

Aunty ... (((HUGS)))... that's all. Hugs all around. How's Uncle feeling?

darkfoam said...

Ack, I was afraid of that. Maybe I'll have to start posting a gazillion comments on your blog.

chick'ry said...

lol @ moi.

aunty - have a productive 40! xo

Debora said...

Enjoy your contemplative season. Blessings...

grins said...

If I could stand the humidity, Mardi gras would be my number one place I'd go. I'm trying to think of what I'd give up. Once I fasted on juice and water when I was a religious fanatic. I was sick and weak for a long time. I don't drink or smoke. Gave up archery once. I don't watch TV or eat sweets. I know, I'll quit staying up after midnight. I've been hitting four AM lately. Thank you for the inspiring entry.