Yes. I will be going to work with them on. I used to work at a Jewish law firm and I went to work with them on. No one was offended. I didn’t get offended when they ate matzo during passover, so wearing ashes in the workplace is in no way crossing any lines.
Hi Tyler. No, it’s not a strange question. With so much hostility out there now, against religion… and Christianity in particular… this is a valid question.
We DO still live in a free country, though… where Freedom of Religion is part of our law. I always keep the ashes ON… till the end of the day. If you’re confronted by someone at work… just say… “I will only have them today. It’s part of my religious observance of Ash Wednesday.” I don’t think it’s legal for anyone to demand that you remove them.
We now live in an area populated by lots of Catholics , but used to live waaay out in the country where Catholics were few & far between. We had to drive an hour to town to find a Catholic church to receive ashes & you can imagine the stares we received afterwards doing errands on the way back home.
Folks in the feed store either looked at us like we were part of a Manson gang -type cult or helpfully asked if we knew we had large smudges on our foreheads.