The Cincinnati Enquirer gives us a glimpse of tomorrow’s coverage of Ash Wednesday tonight:

When the cross is made on a person’s forehead, the priest or minister will typically say: “Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.”

John Barber, a Xavier senior, will get his ashes this morning, if his schedule allows. He will get them later this evening if he must. But he will get them.

“It’s so simple and so humbling,” Barber said. “It reminds us that we are connected, and of our humility. We will all be dust.”

Christine Naderer, 21 and a graduate student, said that when she was a child growing up in West Liberty, she did not like to wear the ashes all day, and would sometimes try to rub them off.

“It was kind of embarrassing having the ashes,” Naderer said. “But now I like them. There is a sense of community. I wear them all day.”

There is also a story from Dan Horn, the Enquirer‘s answer to John Allen of the National Catholic Register, on Archbishop Schnurr’s call for a lenten “fasting protest” of the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty:

Schnurr and his fellow American bishops have been outspoken critics of new Health and Human Services rules regarding contraception, arguing Catholic institutions will be forced to pay for services that violate Catholic teaching.

President Barack Obama revised the rules two weeks ago after a storm of controversy erupted over the first version. But the bishops and some other religious leaders say the changes don’t go far enough.

“We would still be forced to indirectly pay for services that we find morally unacceptable,” Schnurr said Tuesday. “Please join me in praying and fasting this Lent that wisdom and justice may prevail and religious liberty may be restored in our country.”

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