While walking towards the local cathedral* for Ash Wednesday mass, there is a throng of people exiting from the just completed service. The sidewalk was completely full of be-ashed and soon-to-be-ashed Catholics. Why was one person walking along and powdering over her ashes at the same time? Is she ashamed of being Catholic? I'm not particularly proud of being Catholic, but I'm not ashamed of it. It's just what I am. If she's not ashamed of her ashes, shouldn't she at least be ashamed of that shame and powder over them in private? Especially when you are surrounded by people coming from/on their way to mass. It just seems wrong.
* Yes, local cathedral.