Quick question. A woman walked into my place of employment today and noticed the ashes on my forehead. She made a comment to the extent of, “Oh, I see that you have your ashes on today too.” This made me think that she was Catholic and so I asked where she attended Mass this morning. She informed me that she had not because she is no longer a practicing Catholic (now practicing as a Baptist) and because she did not feel anything in the Mass (though she referred to it as a service). The next thing I know she has moved on in the conversation without me being able to pass along more than an “mmhmm…,” just to acknowledge her discontents, and begins speaking about her former residency. By that time, I figured I had missed any opportunity to appropriately offer any thoughts about the beauty of the Mass, as well as any considerations for spirituality, because of my position as an employee and student. So, I carried out the rest of my responsibilities with this woman and maybe let the ashes on my forehead be my living witness?
My scrupulosity is creeping clearly…