I know wearing your ashes all day on ash wednesday is controversial and TBH the anti’s are probably right (”wash your face!!” -jesus)
BUT I wore mine all day at work this year and one of our new employees saw it and asked me if I went to our local parish etc, and today he asked me which mass I go to and if I’m active in any other church stuff etc, and he said he hasn’t really been going to mass since college and has been thinking “oh I should go back, I should go back” for ages and never done it, so we chatted about those times when you put it off and skipping a week turns into skipping two or three, and why I like to go regularly & all that, and he was like, “I should just do it, maybe I’ll see you on sunday,” so hopefully he does!!
anyway, public displays of church activeness as an evangelization tool, blah blah blah, The New Evangelization, blahblah, it would be nice if my discomfort and awkwardness about having a humongous ash cross on my forehead all day did result in this one guy getting back into his faith practice & coming closer to god again in his life