Posted on Feb 17, 2010 in Homilies
Fr. Dan Ruff, S.J. – Pastor
Old St. Joseph’s Church, Philadelphia
Ash Wednesday, 2/17/10 – 12:05 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is a feast fraught with paradoxes. It is not a holy day of obligation, but it turns out people – and not just Roman Catholics – in huge numbers. Jesus in the Gospel tells people to perform the holy trinity activities of a righteous life – almsgiving, fasting, and prayer – in secret, so that our left hand doesn’t know what our right hand is doing. Yet for this one day each year, we march around with an ashen cross on our foreheads, so...