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Ash Wednesday

PHOTOS: 'World's Largest' Human Cross

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Catholics around the world observed Ash Wednesday by getting their foreheads marked with ashes, while others began a solemn time of fasting for the du...

Ash Wednesday Fasting Rules

Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion

Catholics and other Christians around the world are observing Ash Wednesday today, March 9, 2011. If you too want to observe the holy day according...

A Smudge Of Ashes

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

It was that smudge of ashes that reminded me of things I had learned in my earliest days of Sunday School, and at the same time told me that now I was in startling new territory.

Ash Wednesday And The Value Of Tradition

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Not all who find themselves moved to religious ritual are finished seeking. Those who will bear the mark of Christ's cross on Ash Wednesday do so for different, even disparate reasons.

Ash Wednesday: Mortality, Humanity And Humility

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Those of us who use Ash Wednesday to begin Lent find the 40-day season helpful in reconnecting us to the foundations of faith.

Ash Wednesday And Lent: Beginning Again Always

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is not about penance. Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.

This Lent, Give Up Your Inflexible Workday

David Gray | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Gray

Many companies are discovering that diversity, including religious diversity, among its workforce leads to creative ideas, better outcomes and higher profits.

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You To Be Alive)

Kent Annan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Annan

Each Ash Wednesday, if you go to a church that does this sort of thing, a version of "memento mori" happens when you go to your knees and a cross of ashes is marked on your forehead.

Beware the Ides of March

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Have you ever contemplated the signs and symbols associated with a perfectly neutral thing like a month? Today is the Ides of March, that infamous occ...

Lenten Prayers: What To Pray During Lent, Ash Wednesday 2010

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 07.23.2011 | Home

With Lent beginning today, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, Catholics may be looking for Lenten prayers for this holy season. Paul Dobbyn of the Catho...

Ash Wednesday Is For Everyone

Bryan Cones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bryan Cones

Catholics have Lent as a yearly remedy to our all-you-can-eat attitudes, one worth sharing with everyone else. If the call to "repent and believe in the gospel" isn't your speed, how about, "Stop eating the world."

Can You Eat Meat On Ash Wednesday?

Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living

If one is observing Ash Wednesday, the answer is no. Ash Wednesday, observed forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and one day after Shr...

Kay Burley, British TV Host, Mistakes Joe Biden's Ash Wednesday Forehead For Bruise (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

British TV host Kay Burley Wednesday mistook Vice President Joe Biden's Ash Wednesday ashes for a bruise on his forehead. "What's happened to his hea...

An Involuntary Lent

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

While I support the president's budget, it does not bring Easter morning to the country.