40 Days.

It is Lent. I gave up delicious sweets, treats and desserts again (I’ve pretty much done the same forever, except for last year when I gave up Facebook). In a moment of inspiration, I decided to give up not blogging. See, I’ve decided there’s no point in writing an award-winning blog at work and then utterly abandoning my own at home.

So for the next 40 days, you’ll see one post per day. Yep, 40 posts. This will be a great way to find my dedication in my own writing. Especially on nights like tonight, when I’ve gotten in late and just want to go to bed. Yeah… some posts might be short.

I just came back from Ash Wednesday mass and was pretty confused for various parts of the service, namely, those parts where we respond. It’s like the words have changed. I mean, I know I’ve not been the most diligent church-goer this past year, but seriously, I’ve been attending mass for 31 years. I know what to say.

Thing is, it turns out they actually did change the words. I’m not happy about it, either. See, I don’t like change (well, at least not the changes I don’t like). I’m pretty flexible, but come ON! This is mass we’re talking about. The new responses don’t even make any sense. “Peace be with you” is ALWAYS responded to with “And also with you.” So is “the Lord be with you,” too. Except now, it’s “And with your spirit.” What? That doesn’t make sense. Am I no longer my spirit? Have I been separated from it as of late, without my prior knowledge and consent?

Don’t even get me started on “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” “It is right to give him thanks and praise” has now become “It is right and just.” The cadence is all wrong.

I need to talk to the Pope.