Lent 2021

This year Lent begins on February 17th and ends on April 3rd – the day before Easter.

Here is a link that provides a great description of Lent:

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

While Lent is considered Christian, I always associate it with Catholicism.  Growing up, I was a Protestant in a Catholic neighborhood.  All of my neighborhood friends took Lent very seriously and it seemed to me that it was all about what they were ‘giving up’.  I admired their 40-day discipline and probably made a half-hearted attempt to do the same.

I married a Catholic and converted to Catholicism as an adult.  I don’t recall my husband ‘giving up’ anything for Lent, but we do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent.  I think that practice was thoroughly ingrained in him growing up.

I start Lent with the best of intentions and never seem to make it much past Ash Wednesday.  The one thing I am exceptionally good at is celebrating Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, which is often celebrated with food and drink.

I came across this article with 25 Creative Things to Give Up for Lent in 2021. The list includes suggestions for improving health and wellbeing, such as ditching:

  • Netflix (!)
  • Fast food and soda
  • Coffee (!)
  • Gossip, complaining and negativity
  • Alcohol (!)
  • Meat
  • Your phone after 8 PM (!)
  • Frivolous spending (does this include yarn and books?)
  • And the list goes on….

But is also includes some cool ideas, such as:

  • Donating 3 things every day
  • Writing letters of gratitude

While I could/should certainly consider ditching some or all the habits above, I can really get behind donating and expressing my gratitude!

Stay tuned for the Killer Who Stalked New York on Friday.

Allene

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