Shiny but sac­ri­le­gious

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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