Mary M. Wrye

Good morning. Tim, I appreciate your comments. And I like the way you phrased “others whom I am different from”. I think the fact that we tend to phrase it “those who are different from me” sets us up for a hierarchical perspective. Saying it the other way feels more like we are standing on even (maybe even holy) ground.

I am also a Chaplain in a hospital. Our local Catholic priest(s) partner with us on Ash Wednesday to come administer ashes. I do that because it is important to our Catholic staff that the ashes be administered by a priest. Those of us who are other than Catholic don’t seem to care who is a giving the ashes (as long as it is an ordained minister). I have not done that myself but I wouldn’t hesitate if I needed to.