Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lent Has Begun

There are many blogs which discuss all aspects of Ash Wednesday: fasting, ashes, etc. And there is nothing wrong with it.

When I was growing up, there was a kid a couple of years older than me: Pete. Pete was a nice guy but took a lot of ribbing because he was so skinny.

Each year, a couple of us would ask Pete: “Hey Pete, what are you gonna give up for Lent?”

Each year, at least when he was a kid, he would tell us: “Watermelon and swimming.”

Now, watermelon was easy – it was not in season. And you could not get it, like you do today.

Swimming was too. There were no indoor pools near us and none of our parents would even think about bringing us to an indoor pool. Heck, most of them probably did not know they even existed.

So, as you enter Lent, think about what you are going to sacrifice. Maybe you will also do something more – such as praying or doing without that double cappuchino from Starbucks at least a couple of times per week (then give the dollars to a good Catholic charity).

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