Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return.

"Look at my ashes...are they HUGE?? Father McCole always does them so BIG." "What are you giving up for Lent? I'm thinking about something that I don't really like in the first place. Like peas."

Not surprisingly, my 6th grade friends and I didn't really have a firm grasp on what Lent was all about. Now that I'm older and have much, much more perspective on life, I always take Lent as a time to remind myself of what could improve & the sacrifices others have made for me.  As the Chaplain put the cold ashes on my forehead this morning, she said, "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Man, that's a little heavy for 11am on a Wednesday. But hey, gotta keep things in perspective!

This Lent, I'm giving up cursing. I curse like a Sailor on leave, so this will (and has been so far, just day 1!) be difficult. I have decided that this rule will go out the window in the following scenarios:

1. I stub my toe or hit my head on something. Because "Foey!" just doesn't cut it during those moments.

2. Someone cuts me off in traffic.  Do I really need to explain that one?


What are you giving up for the next 40 Days?