The official beginning of Lent. Leroy and I went to the 7:00 am mass at the convent before heading off to work. The priest talked about Lent as a joyful season and how we are a hopeful people amid suffering. Traditionally, we don't think of Lent as full of joy, but why not? If you put it that way, it doesn't sound so bad. I'm giving up profanity and complaining... and I'm not going back 40 days from now. I want these changes to be permanent. I'll keep you posted on my progress.