|Frank: "You look like a ghost."|
I have a new nickname for Ash Wednesday besides Catholic identification day. If you work in a secular place and you get your ashes early, it's the day you become a "Catholic magnet." I swear.
Here are the responses I've gotten to my ashes so far:
College intern: "Oh! I need to get my ashes too!" and went on to tell me about Mass times at her parish. I had no idea she was Catholic.
Co-worker: "It's always a bummer when Ash Wednesday comes because my wife and I have to come up with meatless meals twice in one week!" I did not know he was Catholic.
Random Hispanic lunch guy (pointing at my head): "You got yours early! Great!" Thank you, random citizen!
I work at possibly the most secular place you can imagine and I expected to see nobody else with ashes today.
I was right. I haven't seen anybody else with ashes.
But what I did NOT expect was that all the other Catholics I encounter would come crawling out of the woodwork to let me know, "Hey! I'm Catholic too!"
It's kinda cool.