Skip to comments.Questions About Keeping the Ashes on Out in Public
Posted on 02/18/2010 5:56:52 AM PST by marshmallow
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The point being: did Zero actually say that?
Is this the first time he has done this? Has Biden been photographed in public with ashes on his forehead in previous Ash Wednesdays?
I have no problem with the ashes, but I do have a question....has Biden ever done this in the past or is this just an attempt to kiss up to Catholic voters?
Excellent question Alice :)
Just Joe wanting to make sure we all know he is a good Catholic.
Sad thing is he isn’t a good anything.
I wasn’t impressed.
Paint the target.
Yes, according to several commenters in a thread at Inside Catholic (if I remember correctly), he goes out of his way every year to be photographed in his ashes. Pelosi did the same thing this year.
Great minds think alike!
So long as it was a smudged cross and not a smudged pentagram, I’m not offended.
I see no problem with mocking Biden for wearing the ash in public. It isn’t like he’s a real Catholic anyway.
Some Protestant churches also observe Ash Wednesday. The comment questioning his decision to wear the ashes was inappropriate and, IMHO, as politically incorrect as using a derogatory term to refer to the race, creed or color of another human being.
IMO, a Catholic Pro-choice (isn’t that an oxymoron) Dem, wearing ashes in public, must certainly be akin to what was spoken of in this verse:
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Well, then it isn’t up to me to judge his intentions, the LORD will do that.
Wearing ash on your head in public is ok if you mean it as as a sign of penitence - as a way of saying “I am a sinner”.
It is not ok if you mean it as a way of saying “I am fasting, look at me!”. Much better in that case to avoid the risk of Phariseeism and wash it off.
As always it is not the sign, but what is going on in the interior that matters.
I hope Biden meant it as a sign of inward humility and repentance. For all his faults it is at least plausible. Whereas - imagine Clinton or Obama with the ash on their face.
Beckel the continuing absence of class and character. Just another tasteless remark.
“Catholic League president Bill Donohue wasnt amused:
Bob Beckels admonishing remark, Im not sure I would wear that ash on the air, makes us wonder whether it is the public display of ashes he finds risible, or the religion that sports them.
In any event, there is no record of Beckel ever lecturing a Jew about wearing a yarmulke on TV or a Muslim wearing a turban. Must be something about Catholicism that bothers this guy. Wed love to know what it is. At the very least, a clarification about what he meant is in order.”
Donahue makes a good point.
I never understood how you can be catholic and pro abortion.
Here’s the thing - the photo I saw, the smudge was even bigger and darker. The make up folks had to have worked around it. Keeping it to show off is pride. Rubbing it off intentionally is not a good thing either though since we shouldn’t be ashamed of our faith. Mine sort of disappears during the day. It’s ash, not grease paint. By evening, even a big smudge has fallen off. So as it says, its for sinners and repentance but I doubt whether Joe has repentance for his pro abortion stance and other issues. Who knows.
Do Catholic doctors wear ashes while performing abortions? Even partial-birth abortions?
One thing is for sure, both Biden and Beckel are ash holes.
I thought he was wearing an a$$ on his forehead, not ash.
If Biden thought it would help him, politically, he’d wear a Yarmulke, a turban, or a tutu.
Which Catholic Dr. do you have in mind? Name one!
Exactly! It would be an oxymoron. As opposed to Joe Biden, who is just a moron.
or all three at once, while drinking DD coffee ; )
I had this discussion on another thread yesterday. Certainly I can not know what is in Biden's heart, but I can suspect that based on his past record of support for *pro-choice* causes, judges, appointees, legislation, etc. his intentions are somewhat less than sincere.
Certainly the Lord will make the final judgment, but keep in mind that the Bible does not forbid us from judging as well...only that we judge in the same manner that we would have ourselves be judged.
When a parent corrects a child, the parent is "judging" the child's behavior. I'm in no way, shape or form perfect in my practice of Catholicism, yet my public pronouncements, participation in politics, and my behavior at the voting booth fall in line with my professed faith; if they did not, I would fully expect others to question the sincerity of my faith and beliefs, and they would be perfectly right in doing so.
A lot of liberal clerics have pushed this sin of "judgmentalism", but it doesn't wash. God blessed us all with Free Will, and consequently it is our very exercise of judiciousness in the decisions we make in our lives that define who and what we become. In and of itself, exercising judgment is not a sin, but a blessing and in fact, a moral duty.
I cannot locate the comment about Biden doing this every year. It’s not on the Inside Catholic thread; must have been on Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s blog, but I couldn’t locate it quickly there either. Some of the comments on WDPTRS are quite good, including one that said that the old rule of thumb was to wash the ashes off if you wanted to keep them on (because that’s evidence of pride as motive) and keep them on if you wanted to wash them off (evidence of fear of acknowledging your faith in public). Sounds like pretty good advice to me.
Another commenter pointed out that Ash Wednesday is not a day of obligation and still another that Sister would not have liked it if you did not have ashes on your forehead. Since I’m a convert and did not experience the “good old days” in Catholic school, I find these glimpses of a long-gone culture helpful.
Some of the other comments on the WPTRS thread point to real moments of witness by university students, grad students etc. as a result of wearing ashes on Ash Wednesday.
Nice turn of phrase; let’s extend it a bit:
a “yarmulke, a turban, a tartan or a tutu”
Donohue ought to be more concerned about the fact that Biden, pro-abortionist that he is, is allowed into a Catholic Church.
If the ashes are for sinners Pelosi should be covered in them from head to toe....
OT, but I noticed that last nights 7 PM Mass was the largest crowd that I have EVER seen in my local parish -- larger than any Christmas, or Easter, Mass, or an previous Ash Wed. that I have attended there. It was a beautiful liturgy and well worth my time. And this area has not experienced any growth -- on the contrary.
Years ago we used to sing a song at the end of Mass: "They will know we are Christians by our Love..." Last night, our town knew we were Catholics by our ashes as we were lining up for fish at our local eatery.
You too? Ours was packed. I couldn’t believe the number of people.
A lot of them left before the consecration so I have to think many were non-Catholics deciding to prepare for Lent in some other fashion.
They should have stayed and really gotten the message.
We went through all verses of THREE different hymns during Communion. I’ve never seen that happen before in our Parish. Getting out of the parking lot afterwards was a long wait — reminiscent of going to church on any Sunday in 1961.
You can't be. Joe Biden isn't Catholic he's a slimy worm of a hypocrite politician that is using a sacred symbol of my religion for political gain.
You are not obliged to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. You are obliged to fast and not eat meat.
I would pay good money to see Lyin'Joe wearing a turban, a tutu, and a yarmulke, whilst drinking DD coffee.
I'd photograph it, videotape it, and post it all over youtube.
let’s expand, as someone else has, on the thread, and postulate that he is wearing all three whilst drinking DD coffee and affecting an Indian accent ; ) The best part is, while it would be impossible to conceive of Obams doing this, it is not beyond the realm of possibility to imagine Joe doing so.
Heh. I almost missed that! :)
I have the same suspicion.
**So . ashes in public? Give witness to your Catholic identity in a world which needs it? **
I went for this and had no adverse reactions.
The Bible tells us — Deny me in front of other people and I will deny you in front of my Father. (partaphrasing)
I think you missed the line above that said a person does not have to be in the state of grace (good Catholic) to receive the ashes.
The ashes are a symbol of our mortality and our sinfulness.
YOU could walk into a Catholic Church and receive the ashes on your forehead.
Doctors who perform abortions are not Catholic — maybe CINOs. But I doubt that there are any at all.
Isn't it strange that we're beginning the season of Lent with what is seemingly the exact opposite of what Jesus commands us in the gospel reading?
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them”, he reminds us. And yet the whole world will see our crosses as a mark of our piety. They will be there for everyone to see and to know that we've been to church today.
Still, the ashes on our forehead will not be a declaration of our virtue or piety. Instead they will represent a public declaration of our unworthiness, our sinfulness, our inadequacy and our need for God.
The crosses traced on our foreheads on this day proclaim not our goodness, but our sinfulness and our need for repentance.
It's an admission that despite all our victories, successes and triumphs in life, we remain imperfect creatures in need of God's mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
In this we hope to be different from the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees criticized by Jesus in tonight's gospel. For their displays of faith and religiosity were meant to be no more than that: a display, for everyone to see.
We, however, wear our ashes, not to parade our piety, goodness and devotion, but to tell the whole world, and to remind ourselves especially, of how weak and incomplete our commitments can be at times: to God, to others, and to ourselves.
Wearing the cross of ashes, we proclaim not our virtue, but our dependence on God and our intention to look deep into ourselves this Lent and ask some very important questions:
Has my life been consistent with my being a follower of Christ? How much commitment have I given to my faith, to those who need me, to my church, and to my God?
The ashes on our forehead others will indeed see. But our answer to these questions will be ours alone—ours and our heavenly Father who will see in secret how we shall answer them over the next forty days of Lent.
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Yes, that would have been interesting to see what he had for lunch or dinner and how much.