Shouldn't we avoid marking ourselves with ashes?

We receive the Ashes on our forehead on Ash Wednestday, Why when Jesus spoke against the use of ashes to denote fasting etc?

Would it not be more correct to have the Priest anoint foreheads in the sign of the Cross with just oil (instead of Oil mixed with ashes)?

Well meaning as some reasons can be, is it not better to submit to what Jesus asked?


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Recommended Reading:
The Day of Ashes
by James Akin
Sackcloth and Ashes

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