The last few weeks have been doing things out of my comfort zone as I embrace Lent.
I was raised Catholic and I went to a parochial school my entire school years. Yes, kindergarten through graduation … so I was a totally immersed catholic girl. (Though I’ve only entered holy doors for weddings and funerals these days!)
During Lent I always gave up something for Jesus. Lent is begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. As an adult, I still love this rit
ual and think the time frame of 6 weeks is perfect to make a habit or break a habit.
For Lent this year, I went totally out of my comfort zone and gave up wine, toast and TV. The hardest of the 3 is toast. I begin my day with a slice or two of toasted bread. Hot tea and toast. It’s like brushing my teeth –you just do it.
Now, I have to find substitutes. Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, fruit … it’s all good for me but it takes work. I want to be simple in the early morning but alas … where’s the challenge in that?
The other two are not as hard for me. I put the box of wine (yeah, really classy huh?) in the basement and only bring it out for book group gatherings. The easy part was always reaching in the fridge and filling my chilled glass with some nice cheap white zinfandel wine or opening up a ‘good’ bottle of Pinot Grigio or Riesling and savoring that for a few days. A glass in the evening is a nice way to end the day – but not anymore.
As for TV – I only break my fast on Sundays. I figure that since I make the rules, I can break the rules.
Marge and The Good Wife have a date every Sunday night. Good Catholic Girl + The Good Wife… no surprise there, huh?!
- What’s not to love about Lent? (margekatherine.com)
- What is Ash Wednesday and Lent? (dimmittchurchofchrist.com)
- Do You Feel Like You’ve Failed This Lent? (littleflowerym.com)
- Doing Nothing for Lent (well trying to Nothing for Lent) (chutneybynancy.org)
- 10 interesting facts about Lent (magickaydiary.wordpress.com)