What’s That on Your Forehead? – My Popular Ash Wednesday Post

March 9, 2011


File:Aschenkreuz.jpgHere’s a popular Ash Wednesday post of mine called, “What’s that on Your Forehead?”


Q:  Hey, your forehead’s dirty. What’s that on your forehead?

A:  Ashes…they’re from church.

Q:  Why did your church put dirt on your forehead?

A:  It’s not dirt; they’re ashes. Today’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Catholics wear ashes to show that we want to change to get ready for Easter.

Q:  Are they supposed to be in a shape or something? Just looks like a smudge to me.

A:  It’s supposed to be in the shape of a cross – like the one that Jesus died on.

Q:  So you think you’re something  special because you’re wearing ashes on your forehead?

A:  No, just the opposite. It shows that without God, this is all we are – ashes. It’s a way of admitting how much we need God.

Q:  So how’re you gonna change…gonna become all holy on us?

A:  Just trying to become what God wants me to be…a good person.

Q:  I hear you guys give up stuff for Lent too. What for?

A:  Giving up stuff – like snacks or watching TV or swearing – is kinda like exercise – it’s hard work but it makes us stronger.

Q:  So you can’t have any fun for how long?

A:  I can still have fun, I’m just gonna be doing some stuff a little differently for 40 days…that’s how long until Easter.

Q:  Then you can go back to being your old self?

A: No, that’s the point, hopefully I’ll be an even better version of myself!

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4 Responses to “What’s That on Your Forehead? – My Popular Ash Wednesday Post”

  1. Henry Says:

    Thank you Joe! I was looking for this so I could share it with my 7th grade religious ed class tonight! They always get a lot out of it!


  2. Mary Helen Llañez Says:

    Joe, you always provide great “fodder” for me to cultivate. Thank you for your great work. I distribute your books to catechists throughout the diocese. Do you have any of these books in Spanish?


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