Off today? Why don't you read the Holy Father's Message for Lent?

Pope Benedict XVI's Message for Lent 2012

It'll take you about ten minutes. Come on.

You can spare that.

Print it out. Make yourself some tea. Read it. Reflect on it - meditate on your upcoming Lenten journey.

It'll be worth it.

Here's a taste to whet your appetite:
"We must not remain silent before evil. I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality, rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth and that do not follow the path of goodness. Christian admonishment, for its part, is never motivated by a spirit of accusation or recrimination. It is always moved by love and mercy, and springs from genuine concern for the good of the other."