I wasn’t raised in the Catholic faith, but I am married to a man educated by nuns (in the strictest sense). I found that many of my co-workers are Catholic and follow the traditions common with Lent. Beginning with Ash Wednesday which was, of course, on Wednesday, March 5th. This marked the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and 40 nights until the end on Thursday, April 17th.
Lent was first practiced as a period of introspection into one’s life and deeds accompanied by fasting to prepare for Easter. These days, it is more common for people to pick something that would be a sacrifice for them to do without and eliminate that item from their lives during Lent.
Some sacrificial items I’ve heard lately?
- Answering the phone when the mother-in-law is calling (and I guess being nice?)
- Giving up cokes
- Giving up meat
- Giving up alcohol
- Giving up sugar
- Giving up chocolate
- Giving up reality T.V.
- Giving up fast food
- Stop swearing
- Giving up bread
What have you heard people give up for Lent?