Busted Halo: You Don’t Know Jack About Lent!

“Ummmm,” they begin, then lean toward you to whisper, “you’ve got a smudge on your forehead.”

That happens a lot if you’re a Catholic Okie.

How would you explain the “smudge” on your forehead, if someone asked you?

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  • SisterCynthia

    I got that question in WA when I came back from my lunch break with a “cross smudge” a decade ago. “It’s a reminder that one day I’ll die and I belong to God,” is what I think I told them. It just seemed weird to those who weren’t Christian in any sense of the word. ;)

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    These days, with my schedule, I usually only wear it for about 9 hours- between 7pm and 4am. And most of it ends up on my pillow.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    I had friend ask this morning where my toddler got the bruise on her forehead. A simple, “It’s our ashes. It’s Ash Wednesday.” was enough.

    • FW Ken

      It’s been a long time, but saying “from dust you came, to dust you shall return” to a child touches me. Adults, not so much, but children…

      • Rebecca Fuentes

        It’s the baby that gets me. He’s 6 months old, all wiggly and chubby, and full of life as a human can be, but dust to dust for him too.


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