A brief personal message on Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. In the liturgical practice of some churches, the ashes are mixed with the Oil of the Catechumens (one of the sacred oils used to anoint those about to be baptized), though some churches use ordinary oil. This paste is used by the priest who presides at the service to make the sign of the cross, first upon his own forehead and then on each of those present who kneel before him at the altar rail. As he does so, he recites the words: “Remember (O man) that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

So what am I giving up for Lent this year? Well, this period is always important to me, despite my issues with the Church.

Last year, I focused on being the best man I could be for my then-new wife. Obviously, this year I am still focused on being a good husband, but also a good father.

Accordingly, I am giving up FourSquare and Twitter…

Just kidding! I discussed last year giving up some of those things for Lent, but we decided that those activities are, indirectly, part of my job.

Instead, I’ll be giving up table salt and cheese.  That way, several times during the day, when I pass on a sprinkle of salt, I will be reminded of my faith and the need to be a better man, husband and father.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.