From today's homily:
The ashes recall us to the Creation and send us back to let there be light in the world in how we love God, how we serve God.
Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel.
Being authentic sometimes suggests we focus on little things. Here are some simple (not simplistic) ways to share the light of cultural renewal. They were gleaned from CRM's sidebar and the Catholic Exchange archives.
1. Encourage one another. Be specific.
2. Use a saint for a mentor.
3. Prudently persevere.
4. Practice vicarious redemptive suffering. Joyfully. OK, cheerfully.
5. Spread the Word with Charity.
6. Patronize good art.