The priests’ signs shouted “LIFE IS VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY SHORT” and “MORE FORGIVENESS.” The signs were duct-taped to the fence behind a cardtable altar draped in black. How would tired commuters respond as they exited their subway station and drove past on the street?
• “The amazing thing is that when you touch people’s foreheads and tell them they are going to die, they inevitably say, ‘Thank you.’
• “Then I went into MacDonalds, where I went through the dining area with people pulling at my cassock and saying ‘Por favor’ and I gave ashes, in Spanish, to all the fry cooks, and some teenage girls.
• “In Dianda’s bakery, a baker holding a huge cake in her hands leaned over the counter to me and closed her eyes and said, ‘Please.’ I told her she was dust….”
Read the rest of the story at Ash Wednesday in the Street.
Thanks to Christine Driggers for telling me about this!