The day before the beginning of Lent is called Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday is also called Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi=Tuesday; gras=fat, as in “pate de foie gras”, which is liver paste and very fatty), because on that day a thrifty housewife uses up the fats that she has kept around (the can of bacon drippings, or whatever) for cooking, but that she will not be using during Lent. Since pancakes are a standard way of using up fat, the day is also called Pancake Tuesday.
On Shrove Tuesday, many Christians make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with. Often they consult on these matters with a spiritual counselor, or receive shrift. (Read more at Shrove Tuesday)
Now, it’s six weeks to focus on certain areas that matter to me. Reading more, walking more, eating certain foods, avoiding others. I know someone who is giving up swearing. Now, that’s a lofty goal!
Another wise family member intends to ride his bike everywhere he goes (wait… he has no car and lives in Florida… I need to have a conversation with him!
What will you be doing for Lent?
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