“This world passes away” “Ash Wednesday is the day when the Church ashes the heads of her children and recalls the words that marked the fate and history of man, from the first fall:” Remember man that you are dust and to dust return. “The church is very courageous that it reminds us all the time. And every man is very courageous, that looks into this truth every year (…) This is the truth about humanity and the truth about all matter, about every human body that consist the image of the visible world: the world we belong to. This world is passing away, this world is subject to death: it has risen from dust and to dust turns like a man with it. “
Cardinal Karol Wojtyla; Mogilany, February 27, 1974.