Today I had to talk to the children about Ash Wednesday. I told them that we wore a cross of ashes on our foreheads to remind us that without God we are nothing… nothing but ashes. Then I told them that it was also a time of saying we are sorry for the bad things we have done, that we ask Jesus to forgive us. Then I listed a bunch of things on paper with some charcoal and began smudging it with my hands. I had very dirty hands! I showed them my hands and asked them how to get them clean. Of course they said SOAP and WATER! I said that was right, and then asked them how we get our hearts clean with God? They said to ask Jesus for forgiveness. I then removed my invisible tape from the paper to reveal a snow white cross. This signifies our cleanliness through repentence.