ash wednesday sacrilege

date header separator

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

ash wednesday sacrilege

ok, so hopefully not sacrilege, but we should never take ourselves too seriously.

so, today, in fact, is ash wednesday, and i thought i would drop in for a quick little fun post. on a serious note, ash wednesday is something that’s only been on my radar for a few years. i grew up in a faith tradition that didn’t even acknowledge the concept of ash wednesday. unfortunately, anything that even slightly appeared to be catholic-related was viewed—to recycle the term—as sacrilege. that’s sad and that’s why, over the last several years, i’ve had a newfound interest in some of the ancient spiritual practices that date back to the early catholic church.
i was planning on practicing lent by giving something up, but at the last minute, i decided against it. i won’t go into all the details, but i just decided i was going to do it for the wrong reasons. the thing that my faith tradition tends to rail about regarding catholicism—empty ritual—is the very thing that i was going to do, so i decided to wait until another time to do it from my heart and not as some kind of religious conquest.
ok, before this gets way too serious…here’s the sacrilege i promised. 🙂
a friend posted an ecard from a site called someecards. just the thought of ecards is lame, but it only took about 2 seconds of looking around the site to realize how hilarious these things are. they just put out a series of lent ecards and they’re pretty hysterical. i’ve joked around using the word “sacrilege,” but as i eluded to, this is just a reminder that we don’t need to take ourselves too seriously. so, here they are. enjoy.

2 Comments

  1. Jesse says:

    1.) I love someeccards.

    2.) I wish I would have thought to invite you to the Ash Wednesday service I attended.

    3.) This year is the first year I’m being sacraficial for Lent. I haven’t been in the past but I’m jumping on the bandwagon this year.

    I think most southern (regional not denominational) batists have no inclination as to what Lent is all about. And we’re starting to see a new interest in the Lenten (and Advent) seasons with in the “emergent” church folks.

    Many of the older folks/ previous generation of church folks in the baptist world are hostile to the idea of recognizing Lent. I’m not sure why but I think it’s tied to hostilities against the Catholic faith.

  2. m-m-m-melissa says:

    ha ha ha ha! the ecards are hilarious. i gave up beer for lent. i am not catholic. but you know what? it was good excuse to give up beer. does that make me sacreligious? perhaps. will it also make me 10lbs lighter? here’s hoping.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *