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Lent for a Non-Catholic

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-03-02 00:00:00
Yesterday marked the first day of Lent. For those of you who aren't savvy, yesterday was Ash Wednesday. Forty days (not counting Sundays) after Ash Wednesday comes Holy Saturday (the day after Jesus was crucified). For those forty days, Catholics traditionally do something special. First, they abstain from eating meat. In fact, the Greeks use the word for 'fast' for Lent. During the Lenten season, observers focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (to the needy). The current custon is to also give up something you enjoy. (Every year someone gives up chocolate and coke.)

Now, for the record, I am not Catholic. However, I am intrigued by the origins and customs of Lent. Especially interesting to me is the notion of sacrifice that is so intwined in Great Lent. I think that a lot can be gained through sacrifice. It can be a good method for growth and strengthening one's relationship with God. Therefore, my friends, in the sacrificial spirit of the season, I have decided to give up something for Lent. I have decided to give up something I enjoy. Namely, I am giving up sleep. That's right, folks: sleep. Now, understand me, I'm not giving up all sleep. I have simply decided to begin every day at an early hour ... an hour that I am not accustumed to arrising at. Who knows, I may even become more productive every day.

What are you giving up for lent?


Trooper 2006-03-02 00:00:00

I am going to give up vegetables! (hey-sleep is good for you too!)

ArizonaBoy 2006-03-02 00:00:00

To be honest, the whole concept of Lent has always boggled my brain. In high school I would joke around with friends that I was going to give up this or that, but to me the one thing I should give up in preperation for Easter is my sins. The world seems to understand this as the night proceeding Lent is Mardi Gras or Carnivale (depending on location) in which people get in all the sin they can before they have to give them up. Not exactly what I think God intends, but one heck of a party. Really I'm just rambling at this point, its been a long day, but its good... I got a raise this week.

el Seco 2006-03-03 00:00:00

I think you should give up disagreeing with me. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. Or rather, don't smoke at all, sinner.

Trooper 2006-03-03 00:00:00

Be nice boys- and Arizona Boy, you need to show respect to el Seco. Remember,

ArizonaBoy 2006-03-03 00:00:00

eh... whatever. Though I must admit he has made me re-examine my "quality" of life.