Wednesday, February 09, 2005
We attended the 7 a.m. Ash Wednesday service this morning. School is cancelled from ice and snow today and the church was lightly populated. The mass was all business: all music was a cappella, all announcments were via remote mic on our priest, the psalm and responses were spoken, not sung, no procession before the gospel. The homily was an interesting take on giving things up as discipline.... something like, normally we have, perhaps, a kind of balance where our spiritual life fills us up and we become empty by sin and normal excess and flaws. During lent, we both increase our spiritual life through prayer and sacrifice and alsmgiving, while decreasing our sin and excesses. The result is an overflowing cup and our Christian light spills out for all to see through our actions.