This week marks the beginning of Lent...
a time where we should prepare our soul as we remember
the death and Resurrection of Jesus.
Ash Wednesday will be February 22, 2012.
I have many, many braided palms that I have kept year after year from past Palm Sundays.
They are blessed and should never be tossed.
They are used to create the new ashes every year at church.
But mine never make it back to church because we always forget to take them.
So I save them.
Large ones and small.
Now, bleached and dry from years of existence.
All braided in a traditional Polish palm braid that I was taught once many years ago and have never forgotten.
I used to keep them all on a shelf in the china cabinet, but now I have an empty lab jar that I'll be using to house our palms.
My antique diptych of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus was just a few dollars at the local antique shop.
Instant treasure, coming home with me every time.