What is it about Ash Wednesday? People flock to the church in huge numbers on this day every year to mark the beginning of Lent. Maybe it has more to do with marking themselves - with the ashes. Symbols still speak volumes.
Maybe it has to do with the honesty of the day. "Remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return". Can't get more honest than that. You certainly won't get that message from our media which is obsessed with celebrity and beauty. All passing.
Our local church was packed for 10am Mass and later, when I went to the University Chapel at UCD, the story was the same. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated the 1.05pm Mass.
Distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday - just one of the jobs of a Presentation Brother!