Jewish Journal


February 22, 2012

President Obama on Ash Wednesday: time to reflect on ‘sacrifice and redemption’



Leila Tardieu receives the sacramental ashes during an Ash Wednesday celebration aboard the USS Wasp in the Atlantic Ocean Feb. 6, 2008. Photo by Wikipedia/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian May

If you are wondering about that smudge on your co-worker’s forehead, today is Ash Wednesday. Here’s what President Obama had to say about the beginning of Lent:

Today, Michelle and I honor Ash Wednesday with Christians around the country and across the world. This is at once a solemn and joyous occasion, an opportunity to remember both the depths of sacrifice and the height of redemption.  We join millions in entering the Lenten Season with truly thankful hearts, mindful of our faith and our obligations to one another.

Pretty vague. After the first sentence, it’s difficult to even tell what religious holiday he is talking about.

JewishJournal.com is produced by TRIBE Media Corp., a non-profit media company whose mission is to inform, connect and enlighten community
through independent journalism. TRIBE Media produces the 150,000-reader print weekly Jewish Journal in Los Angeles – the largest Jewish print
weekly in the West – and the monthly glossy Tribe magazine (TribeJournal.com). Please support us by clicking here.

© Copyright 2016 Tribe Media Corp.
All rights reserved. JewishJournal.com is hosted by Nexcess.net
Web Design & Development by Hop Studios 0.4493 / 53