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Turning to Ash | by Lawrence OP
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Turning to Ash

"What, then, is that fire? Not certainly one made up of common twigs, or roaring with the burning of the reeds of the woods, but that fire which improves good deeds like gold, and consumes sins like stubble. This is undoubtedly the Holy Spirit, Who is called both the fire and light of the countenance of God"

– Saint Ambrose.


This photograph shows palm branches being burnt to derive the ashes used on Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season of Lent. May the Holy Spirit comes upon us like fire to purify us and burn away the bondage of sin.

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Taken on March 5, 2019