And for a more upbeat take on this Opening Day of "spring training," an earlier clip from the neo-cardinale of New York:
To one and all, here's to a blessed and meaningful Ash Wednesday, and a promising start to the 40 Days ahead.
May this Lent be a time of real change and great richness for each of us. And to everyone among us in ministry setting into what, for many places, has come to be the most hectic and crowded day of the year, all the best of luck.
As the new rite for the distribution of ashes puts it, may we know the grace in these days to "Repent and believe"...
...and on that note, folks, away we go.