Ash Wednesday Brings a ‘Welcome Honesty’ to Discussions About Mortality

March 7, 2019

(NPR) – Serna says death is usually sanitized, and we try to avoid even talking about it. As a hospital chaplain, he talks about mortality more than most people do. But today, Ash Wednesday, is one of the few days where the fact that we’re going to die is said out loud and isn’t related to illness. It’s the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, and the traditional liturgy includes the admonition “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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