Ashes on My Heart

Ah, dear Jesus! I feel the ashes of mortality upon my heart. Give me, please, the courage to acknowledge them; then give me the faithful sight to see them on your forehead; for you have died the death in my stead, my Redeemer and my Lord! Amen.

(a prayer by Walter Wangerin, Jr., from his book, Reliving the Passion)

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