Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dust in the Wind (A Few Words for Wednesday)

And so the Lenten Season begins. We recall our mortality and our need for redemption. Today we will head to Mass and be marked with the sign of contradiction, in ash upon our foreheads. A sign that says we do not hold to this world's notion of truth.

Today we will tithe of ourselves by giving up ten percent of a year being penitent and remembering the words of the Holy Spirit,

For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

Jacques Maritain, writing towards the end of his days said,

When St. John commands us not to love either the world or the things of the world, he has no intention of forbidding us to love everything good and worthy of love in the world; it is friendship with the world insofar as it is the enemy of the Gospel and of Jesus that he has in view.

Which means that I can still enjoy this classic song by the group Kansas on this day marking the beginning of the season of penance. I'll even provide you with the words so you can join me...

Dust in the Wind

I close my eyes
only for a moment
and the moment's gone
all my dreams
pass before my eyes a curiosity
dust in the wind
all we are is dust in the wind

Same old song
just a drop of water
in the endless sea
all we do
crumbles to the ground
though we refuse to see
dust in the wind
all we are is dust in the wind

Now, don't hang on
nothing lasts forever
but the earth and sky
it slips away
And all your money
won't another minute buy

Dust in the wind
all we are is dust in the wind
dust in the wind
everything is dust in the wind