Remember You Are Dust

O God, who desire not the death of sinners,
but their conversion,
mercifully hear our prayers
and in your kindness be pleased to bless these ashes,
which we intend to receive upon our heads,
that we, who acknowledge we are but ashes
and shall return to dust,
may, through a steadfast observance of Lent,
gain pardon for sins and newness of life
after the likeness of your Risen Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. AMEN.

How glorious it is to acknowledge that I am merely dust, and therefore that the entire meaning of human existence, the fate of the world, the origin of truth, and the overcoming of death does not depend upon me, the mortal one.

No, all of these things are to be embraced rather than invented, received rather than fabricated, lived rather than resisted.

Lent brings us back to the earth from which we came.  By it, we are reminded of our place beneath the heavens, on the ground.

By it, and by our steadfast observance of it, God promises to raise us, by pure gift, higher than the heavens.  But only if we are willing to die first.

A Blessed Lent to one and all.

About Father Nathan Reesman

On Twitter: @FatherReesman Father Nathan Reesman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, ordained in 2006. He is the Shared Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and also of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, both in West Bend, Wisconsin. Father Reesman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in the year 2000. He completed his seminary studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2006, obtaining a Masters of Divinity. Father Reesman completed post-graduate studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, obtaining a Doctor of Ministry in 2019.
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