One Ash Wednesday a few years ago, I went straight from Mass to a doctor’s appointment, without being conscious of the fact that the ashes were still on my forehead.
During the appointment the doctor started starting at my face and I wondered what was wrong, so I asked him. He then asked me if I had washed my face today! I was so embarrassed! A hasty explanation about Ash Wednesday followed. The doctor is Vietnamese and I think that he is a Buddhist.