"Guilt is born of the thoughts “What I did is no good, and I’m no good for doing it!”. This kind of global self-rating will bring us a ton of shame, not to mention depression and a host of other negative emotions. If our goal this Lenten season is to grow closer to God and appreciate Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it’s in our best interest to keep our guilt at bay and instead feel remorseful."
"My forehead was obliterated by black ash. There was ash sprinkled all over my cheeks and onto my clothes. I am unfamiliar with the protocol of ash re-imposition, but I felt wrong editing it, so I left it alone. Then, later in the day, a friend and I went to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch."
"The Paschal Triduum (Thursday Evening through Sunday Evening) is especially significant to me. The focus on betrayal/agony, crucifixion/death, waiting, and resurrection in many ways mirrors the rhythms of our life as over and over again: we face difficult days, events, or seasons that feel like betrayals and death; we wait (sometimes with hope sometimes with hopelessness) for something new to happen; a new birth or resurrection at last occurs. Many times our desperate, whispered prayer may be: 'oh God, turn this tomb into a womb…'"
"The gospel accounts give us a rare glimpse into the details of this week. They slow down their travelogue feel, with episodes strung together, and offer us a close-up look, frame by frame, at Jesus' confrontation with the powers that be, with sin, death, and the devil in Jerusalem."