The search for God is a very intimate enterprise. It is at the core of every longing in the human heart. It is the search for ultimate love, for total belonging, for the meaningful life.
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.
Each of those steps may seem hard, even dangerous, to step on, and it may seem that we can't do it, but that's the path we're invited to climb. And it's Christ who urges us on.