Memento, homo … quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.
Remember man, you are dust and to dust you will return. Genesis 3:19
Ash Monday, Ash Wednesday, Eastern Church, Western Church, Catholics, Protestants. . . All in all, a whole lot of us will be receiving ashes this week, reminding us of our temporal and tenuous existence as the season of Lent begins.
It’s a beautiful thing, really, for so many people to be pondering their existence, even for a few moments, in the course of a single day.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the human race could do that? Just one day! Just once? From the Americas to Europe, from the Far East to the islands and then Down Under, from the Middle East to Africa, and everywhere in between. . .
Great waves of people, facing their own humanity, recognizing the impermanence and uncertainty of life, acknowledging their mistakes, crying out in anguish, falling on their knees. . .
Recalling every little offense and every great one, doubling over, ashamed, heartbroken. . .
Crying. The whole world crying, all people together, yet each one separately.
I am sorry for the hurt I have caused, for the damage I’ve done, for the hate that I hold. I am sorry for the evil I have wished upon those I know and don’t know.
I am sorry.
Then somewhere, deep inside each and every person kneeling, cleansed by tears, in every person prostrate on the ground, a spark ignites, a spark of hope.
It is but a tiny flame in the abyss of despair, sorrow, remorse. It is a light no person could place there; yet it is in all of us.
It is the light of God, the light of Love, and
It is much brighter when it is shared.
"Peace begins with a smile." -- Mother Teresa
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.