Ash Wednesday

Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.- Job 42:6

This morning I got up early in order to go to church to receive ashes. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, the forty day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. During this season of Lent I hope to become closer to God and Jesus. In the Catholic faith it is tradition to give something up as well as not eat meat on Fridays and Ash Wednesday. At church the priest gave the homily about humility as a reason why we wear ashes.

The symbol the ashes have on my forehead shows others that I am Catholic, but also a sign on humility. It is not a fashion statement to go out and public and wear a black mark. It is not a sign that I am a better person than the other people for going to church and receiving them. It is a sign that I have made mistakes in the past. Many of us have made such mistakes and by apologizing to others as well as God and Jesus by having made them, I am already taking a step in the right direction. Going to work today with ashes on my forehead many people asked me why I had a mark there. Some didn’t realize that today is Ash Wednesday. Others who realized this special day said, “Wow, you got ashed. You are blessed today.”

I found being told that I was blessed today odd. Yes, I did receive more ashes than other people around me. But, why should I be more blessed than the other person. I did not get more of them on purpose. The deacon that bestowed them upon me had just put his thumb down to get more on. I found this a sign of humility as well. There were times when I would walk by someone who had received ashes from a different church, but did not get as many. They would say something like why didn’t I get more or where did you go. Occasionally, someone would walk by and say something right in the middle of the conversation with the other person. I would look at the person who did not receive as many ashes and they would seem a little more relaxed that they did not get as much. I think this is because they didn’t want it to show up on their forehead.

I found being asked questions interesting. People noticed them and others had said they were going to get them tonight. But, why wait until later tonight. Did they not want others to see the mark on their forehead. Were they ashamed of having to wear them on this day? I am not ashamed to wear ashes on my forehead on this holy day. But why are others? Some people think that they are funny and point and laugh. Others just don’t pay any mind. The fact that people laugh at the ashes shows that they are not ignorant, but are a sign of humiliation that comes with sin. Sin is something that lives inside all of us.

When it comes down to it, receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday is not a bad thing. But a good thing, to show your humility to Jesus and God. Humility is a part of life because we are sometimes ashamed of mistakes that we had made in the past. By acting on humility I am already apologizing by allowing God and Jesus to see that I am truly sorry for my actions. During the next forty days, I am hoping that this Holy season will bring me closer to Him.

#122 Molly Weasley

harry+potter+characters | Harry Potter CharactersWho ever said a mothers love is not strong, was clearly mistaken. When we are first introduced to Molly Weasley in Harry Potter we see her as someone who is kind and caring. As the mother to seven children and wife to Arthur, Molly keeps her family on their toes as well as protecting them. She is shown to stand up and fight for the people who she loves most. In the end, she surprises us with showing her magical skills because she wanted to protect them.

So, on my “About Me” page I write down for people to scroll down to learn more. But, I learned that there are some fun facts about me so I decided to list them.

  • I practice yoga
  • My favorite food is sushi
  • I love to cook
  • I have a BA in English and Communications
  • I went to college originally planning on going to law school, but changed to theater, and now onto journalism
  • My favorite movies are: Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Saving Private Ryan, Beauty and the Beast, Schindler’s List, Les Miserables, To Kill A Mockingbird, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Some Like It Hot, Phantom of the Opera (1925) The Hunchback of Notre Dame, My Fair Lady, Halloween, Silver Linings Playbook, Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter series.
  • My favorite books are: The Bible, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, Les Miserables, 1984, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, The Giver, Night, To Kill A Mockingbird, Nancy Drew, Divergent, Hamlet, King Lear, The Shining, It, Edgar Allan Poe Complete Works, and Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry.
  • My favorite TV Shows: Charmed, Supernatural, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sailor Moon, Buff the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Sex and the City, Friends, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Sleepy Hollow, Scooby-Doo, American Horror Story, Murder She Wrote, The Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and New Girl.
  • My favorite actor is Lon Chaney Sr. and my favorite actress is Audrey Hepburn
  • My favorite author is Edgar Allan Poe
  • I can do cat’s cradle by myself.
  • My favorite musical is Les Miserables.
  • My favorite drink is tea
  • My favorite holiday is Halloween.
  • I enjoy reading a lot.
  • I am a practicing Catholic.
  • My favorite singer is Avril Lavigne.
  • My favorite bands are Fall Out Boy and the Beatles

And that is all I can think about myself. So enjoy reading my blog and ask any questions!!!

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Wreath       LE Mardi Gras  Fat Tuesday     Mask  Beads

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! OnĀ this day many krewes organize events to honor the day before Lent begins. There are celebrations, parades, and parties to enjoy the final day before the traditional forty day fasting period begins. In honor of Mardi Gras I looked up the colors to read what each one means.

meaning of the Mardi Gras colors

Purple represents justice

Gold/Yellow represents Power

Green represents Faith

Each one of these colors has a meaning that I find religious. Purple representing justice shows who is the real judge at the end of the day? The answer to that, in my opinion, is God and Jesus for they see all and they will punish those who do not follow in them. Gold/yellow is power showing who has the full power over us and the world in the end. For God and Jesus who have power over where our souls go when we pass on.Green representing faith showing thatĀ  God and Jesus honor those who come to Him and trust in them. So with that being written there is a true religious meaning behind Mardi Gras! Enjoy Fat Tuesday everyone!!!

MARDI GRAS Fleur de lis Embroidery Design 3 Size by SewingDivine, $3.99