Ashes & Stardust!

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars.
We are made of starstuff.
We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.
The cosmos is within us. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Last night we had Singing for the Soul here. Louise talked about the last time she went for ashes on Ash Wednesday. When the priest rubbed the ashes in saying “From dust you came and to dust you shall return,” a deep part of her rebelled, saying “No! I came from light!”

The Great Mystery is that we come from both. Our bodies, our mortal parts, rise up from the earth like every other living thing. It all begins with dust.

But our immortal part, our cosmic consciousness, that belongs to the heavens and was birthed in light.

Our bodies are stardust. Our souls are star light.

So, being a priest of the imagination, I ordained myself to bestow a new symbol on this day,
marking the sacrament with the words:
“Remember, from stardust you came and to stardust you shall return.”

Happy Stardust Day!    Jan Phillips

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