Nothing gets under my skin like having to hear someone sitting near me at Mass replace the word "Him" with "God". Not that I find anything offensive about the name "God". I just find it offensive that people do not wish to refer to Him with a male pronoun. And I must say I am especially apt to get ticked if the offending party is a gray-haired woman, which I must say, it usually is..
Today, many of the regulars were absent from our TLM because of the weather. I shocked myself by sitting up front (well, up front for me at least) which meant if I stood, sat or knelt at the wrong time, a good part of the congregation would follow me. The fact that the schola was also missing meant that any responses I made would be heard more audibly than usual. I did my best and hopefully, didn't throw anyone else off track.
As I was walking home amid the wind and the raindrops, I had a brilliantly scathing idea. The next time the grey-haired lady who sits near me at weekday Mass makes her gender-neutral responses, I could make mine in Latin. Then she will be thrown off instead of me.
Of course, I would not do such a thing, but the thought of it is tempting. I hope when we bid farewell to the lame-duck translation, this annoying habit some women have will go with it.