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A Meditation on Ash

Most of us know at some point the sense of our life being in ashes. It may be an intensely personal loss that we have suffered or the shared suffering of the pandemic or war. But most of us have tasted ash in our mouths. At such times it can be a comfort to have a ritual that contains us in our suffering and honours the process of dying into new life that Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, is all about.