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              February 14, our Christian breathren celebrated Ash Wednesday which is the beginning the season called Lent.  Ash Wednesday is a day that puts us in touch with our own mortality.  Ashes is a sign of mortality and repentance and the imposition of ashes can be a powerful nonverbal way to experience reconciliation.  The tradition was to save the palms from the previous Palm Sunday, burn them and use those ashes for the next year's service.

This year Ash Wednesday was the same day as Valentine Day.  A day when we think of special loved ones.   Let us take this 40 day period to send out love , forgiveness and most of all reconciliation into a world badly in need of all three.  Blessing and peace to you all. 

Rev. Elsie Ann Soria, NST
First Spiritual Temple, SF