|First it's Fat Tuesday then the feel bad rituals of American Catholicism (pennlive.com)|
|God damn it, why do we do these thing in the Church like molest boys? (Southpark)|
|Hi, I'm a sadhu. I smoke ganja, sacramentally.|
A: That's a good question. And it took us a long time to get to the bottom of this mystery. First, the Catholic Church -- the ruling body of the largest religion on Earth today -- gets to be so popular because it appropriated all of its traditions, pomp, circumstance, spectacle, and imperial behavior from other religions. [But first let's hear an "official" explanation.]
Ask a Catholic apologist: "Ash Wednesday"?
|I'm Catholic, so you have to be, too! (PL)|
What is Ash Wednesday?
|No molesting the kids today, 'kay guys?|
What do the black marks mean?
|They do what they're told. I like that.|
The ashes come from the palms used in the previous year's Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter that marks Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem where he was met with palm branches by believers. It's especially significant, because Jesus was greeted in Jerusalem as a hero and the Messiah by the mob and he would eventually be put to death by the hands of the Romans at the insistence of those people. The ashes are meant to remind Christians about human mortality... More
- What is Lent?
- Why is everyone giving up stuff?
- Let's give our infant some weed from this bong
- Maybe molestation at church leads to it in schools
- Female teacher in New Jersey, mother of 2, molested six students at school, ages 14 and 15
|Hindu Sadhus smoke so much weed/pot.|
|Why ashes when I can OM?|
|Sannyasi ponders life (Ashish Tamhane/flickr)|
|We need more than the Church can offer; we need direct divine experiences (LU).|