By Eric A. Clayton And so, our Lenten pilgrimage begins. What images come to mind? Some years ago, my wife and I walked the last portion of the Camino de Santiago, a very literal, tactile pilgrimage through the northwest of Spain. We arrived on the Iberian Peninsula with new wool socks, hiking sticks, lots of sunscreen …
As we begin our Lenten journey, ashes are smeared on our foreheads, and we hear the words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday: We forget sometimes that ashes come from fire, That this soft black powder was once a firm green frond, Bright and vibrant before it became dry and brittle, Stiff and fibrous before a flame transformed it into dust.