Shiny but sacrilegious
As a practicing Catholic, I was insulted and appalled by the article on “glitter ashes” [“Glitter ashes for LGBT-inclusive Ash Wednesday,” Metro, March 2]. Parity, the group credited with encouraging clergy to mix glitter into ashes this year, has taken a sacred act within a penitential rite and reduced it to a political action. The ashes symbolize not only penance but also grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. The ashes remind us that life passes away here on Earth and that we should be aiming for life after death with Jesus. This has nothing to do with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusiveness. As a matter of fact, the Catholic Church invites all to receive ashes, even those who are not in communion with the church, so inclusiveness is not an issue. Parity has trivialized the meaning of Ash Wednesday.
Marie Miller, Centreville