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Ash Wednesday Reflection

Mary Grupp | February 19, 2015

“Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

These are the words countless Catholics heard as they had ashes placed on their foreheads yesterday. I certainly needed this reminder. So far, during my first semester and a half in college, keeping up my faith-life has definitely been challenging. I have realized that it is not anywhere close to how strong it was when I first finished high school. I have also realized that I am much more stressed and overwhelmed, and I get upset much more easily. Believe what you will, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence. With all of the responsibilities of living on my own, it’s up to me to keep up with my schoolwork, to keep my room clean, and it’s up to me to keep my faith.

Many people decide to make sacrifices during the season of Lent or do a little extra something to bring them closer to God and Christ’s Sacrifice. I’ve decided to say a daily Rosary: a habit that I’ve lost in my college experience, a habit that I miss dearly. I’m going to pray every day for the humility to recognize God working in my life. I’ve decided to allow God to reveal his plan for me through prayer. I’ll pray for the humility that I know I need, so I can fully recognize that I am not my own. My life belongs to God. A quote that I keep on my desk is one from Mother Teresa that says, “If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know who you are.” I am God’s.

I am dust, and to dust I shall return. But God always remains the same, as does His promise of love fulfilled through Christ crucified. I pray for the humility to rediscover this truth.

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