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An Ash Wednesday Message from the Dean

FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Welcome to the Cathedral as we begin the Holy Season of Lent.

As we hear “You are dust and will return to dust,” we remember the cycle of life.

God hates nothing that God has made. The lost will find a way home. Nothing will return to God empty, but will be part of the plan of salvation.

These themes and sounds of Lent are opportunities for renewal—to start over.

Our mortality is placed in the context of that promise: we acknowledge that during our earthly lives we are meant to spend the gifts entrusted to us, to make the unique contributions as we return those gifts to God.

Ash Wednesday also reminds us that we are meant continually to be put in mind of God’s promise, and that when we repent and turn to God’s Love, we can always rediscover God's mercy. God never gives up on us or on creation.

May we this Lent see anew God’s love surrounding us. May we respond to that pattern of life—with contrite (broken) hearts, that are open to God’s grace. That will free us to walk humbly with the Companion Christ, who suffers and dies as one of us so that we can see more clearly that nothing can separate us from God's love.

May you and all you love be touched by that gift of Love, as each of us works for compassion, justice and peace in this world so dearly loved by God.