Catholic Culture, Phil Lawler:
Year after year, Catholic churches are crowded on Ash Wednesday. Crowded churches: sadly, an unusual phenomenon, but one toward which we should aspire. So what should we learn from Ash Wednesday?
Msgr. Charles Pope suggests one important lesson, in a blog post entitled Ash Wednesday Breaks All the Rules of Modern Churchthink. On this one day of the year, if you venture into any ordinary Catholic church, you will not hear a cheery upbeat message. You will be told that you are going to die. You will be reminded that how you live your life is a serious matter; you will face judgment. Read the rest here.