Ash Wednesday Thoughts

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I am not overly religious but I do like to attend special masses on Holy days, so last night I took my very atheist girlfriend to church for the first time to attend the Ash Wednesday Mass. I was a little nervous about how she would get on. A Catholic church is not the easiest introduction into religious services for the inexperienced/unbeliever!

When we got home, I asked her what she thought of the service and her response was that she'd give it a 6 or 7 out of 10, and that "there was something quite humbling about watching people pray".

I was in fact humbled by her response; I am used to it by now, but I suppose that seeing people on their knees, eyes closed and begging for repentence reminds us that we are all human with-dare I make this pun- our own cross to bear. Being a very opinionated woman, especially when it comes to religion, I thought that she would hate having to listen to the service and would leave the church adamant that she would never go again!

It encouraged me to take a step back and remember that it is so easy to envy other people from a distance, but deep down we all have regrets, troubles and things that we need help with.

Like I said, I'm not overly religious but I love the way I feel re-energised and a lot more kind and thoughtful when I attend mass. I feel like, in the immediate hours and days that follow, I am consciously more mindful of others and the world around me. If only it didn't take such an experience for me to act like that all the time!

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