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February 25, 2009

bg/ish: Ash Wednesday

just a warning… probably not a good idea to walk up to someone today and say to them, “pardon me, but you’ve got some dirt on your forehead there.” the finger lick and wipe is an even less desirable maneuver. yes that’s right kiddies, it’s Ash Wednesday!

it’s that time of year, 46 days prior to Easter(s) exactly, when the Catholic church once again flexes it’s muscle of oppression by forcing it’s “faithful” (see: gullible) to spend a day walking around with smudgy dirt on their foreheads as a sacramental and act like it’s no big deal.

oh and just in case you didn’t know, you filthy laypeople who are not affiliated with the Catholic church, but remain devoted to the opiate known as Christianity, are eligible to receive the sacramental ash, as it is not a sacrament, which are typically exclusive to church members.

why mention this at all? because the “finger licking / forehead wiping” joke has been a standard between myself and ag for years, only now i’m forced to mock his beliefs from afar, through this blog. you might think that’s a little messed up, and possibly masochistic, but hey, if God frowns upon me for my mockeries, i’m sure ag has got my back by sending a few prayers up for me…

…right ag?

Memento homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.

no, that’s not Latin for “you’re a fag”. It means “Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return”, which is often said as the ash is administered. if that thought doesn’t sober up your day, i don’t know what will.

so now it’s time for Lent, and i must admit i’m curious to know exactly what ag will be giving up this year. some food he loves? pRon? or maybe he gave up blogging and it’s all been retroactive. haha.

at any rate, i’m done here. my apologies to ag or any other Catholics that were offended by this post. i’m a filthy heathen, let me be…