Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ashes to Ashes

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is literally marked on the forehead of observant Christians ...
"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return"
Ash Wednesday Story 

Slavic Pre Ash Wednesday Doughnut by Marcel Imrich 

Ushering Ashes on MEdia Dragons: Pope Francis to open Lenten pastoral effort on social media  

“I exhort anyone who has not been on the inside of the public service to find an opportunity to do so.
“Public servants are wonderful, caring, intelligent and committed Australians (occasionally, so sadly, so pathetically stigmatised as ‘grey cardigan wearers’) who, to paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt from his famous ‘Citizenship in a Republic’ speech, ‘actually strive to do the deeds; who know great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spend themselves in a worthy cause’.”
Lay off ash ‘grey cardigan wearers': ACMA head’s parting shot to critics 

Some advocates have been billing it as a “Muslims not allowed to pray” story, but the actual story out of a Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado is predictably quite a bit more complicated than that [Ian Tuttle, National ReviewEric B. Meyer, Employer Handbook]

P.S. And now a group Muslim prayer dispute has sprung up at Ariens, a Wisconsin maker of lawn mowers and snowblowers, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations vowing to file EEOC complaints [ABC News]