Remember that you are humus

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Ash, you should know, is a great source of phosphorus and potassium—two members of the essential soil chemical triad of Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium (N-P-K).  We should remember this as we go into Ash Wednesday, a solemn day in which we meditate on our mortality and finitude.  In thinking of our death we must also recognize that our mortality is tied to the nutrient cycles of the earth, that our bodies are a source of new life.As Ashes are imposed in the sign of the cross on our forehead th … [Read more...]


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