Today is Ash Wednesday. It is one of the most sacred days for many of the Christian faith. It begins Lent, and a symbolic 40 days imitating Christ’s time in the desert when he was tempted by the Devil. During these symbolic 40 days, those who practice, dedicate this time to bettering themselves by self-improvement or refraining from a vice.

Its interesting that a few weeks ago a friend sent me a rare family photo of my parents, brother and I. We aren’t a big photo type of family so there are very few family portraits of us. And so it was great to get a copy of it.


As you can see, it was on an Ash Wednesday, when I was quite young. (Wasn’t I adorable with those cheeks? lol)

I have always thought that Ash Wednesday was one of the most beautiful masses celebrated in the church calendar. The symbolism, the iconic ashes on the forehead, the reminder of our humanity and need for humility, music and scriptures were always hauntingly beautiful. (And, if you didn’t know, the ashes are the ashes from the previous year’s palms from Palm Sunday)

When I was younger, I loved the “reset” and accountability of Lent with giving something up or making yourself better. But in recent year’s it a nice reminder that I should always try to improve myself and be a better person and is more of a check-in point for the year.

Now, there’s really no point to this post other than to share a little of my family and faith with you and to say, always stay the path when you are bettering yourself and if you ever need someone to help you or a shoulder to lean on, I’m always here!

Until next time,

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

One thought on “Ashes

  1. I loved this! Thank you for sharing. What a great perspective. I was raised catholic and don’t currently practice regularly but I have been contemplating what to do to reset and refresh!

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