Now what I'm about to say isn't to say that people who got Ashes To Go are bad people or that the clergy trying to reach more people in this busy society are wrong. I just think that things like this enable us all to be able to say we're too busy without feeling any guilt about missing out on things. Ash Wednesday is supposed to be a time to remind us of our mortality. It's supposed to be a day that reminds us that we came from ashes and to ashes we will return. Yet we're all too busy to enjoy the small things in life or going to church to partake in something that is seemingly important to us.
I woke up knowing that I would go to mass. I didn't know what time, but I knew that due to my religious beliefs I would find the time to go to mass and participate in Ash Wednesday services. It wasn't always the case. In college, I didn't go to mass like I should have, and I didn't have a good excuse. There was literally a Catholic Church across the street from my dorm. During this time, I certainly also never tried to participate by seeing a priest on the side of the road offering ashes. For me that would have felt like I was doing the wrong thing. I knew that the church was there and available to me. I was busy, but I knew I could make time for it.
I hope that today we will all take an extra moment to smell the roses.