Did you say, what the heck is lent?
Lent is the period of fasting leading up to the feast of Easter, recalling Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness. Catholic Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, Christian growth, penitence, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, which comes from the Teutonic (Germanic) word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ.
I love the idea of giving up something for 40 days, and this year I’ve decided to give up sweets. No candy, cookies, baked goods, ice cream or anything else comprised solely of butter/eggs/sugar.
Good thing I already housed a box of Samoas two weeks ago and snuck in some gelato at Eataly over the weekend – like a bear preparing to hibernate! Anyone else giving up something for Lent?