Why I Am Not Taking An #ashtag Selfie

Have you heard about the USCCB’s #ashtag selfie contest?

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Last year, as part of a Lenten photo challenge on Instagram, I posted a photo of my ashes. I felt weird about doing it at the time, but couldn’t figure out why. Today, it clicked.

If you haven’t yet been to Mass today, here’s an excerpt from the Gospel of Ash Wednesday:

“Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract attention; otherwise you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win human admiration. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward.” Matthew 6:1-2, NAB

I’m not usually one to publicly take the USCCB to task, but this one is leaving me scratching my head.

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