Chillen, we’re less than five days from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Time for some good old fashioned prayer, fasting and almsgiving to take greater prominence in our lives. Renunciation. Penance. Can I get a manly grunting “Yeaauhh!” please?
I could go on about the history of Lent, its relation to Jesus’ 40 days spent fasting and praying in the desert, and so on, but I’ll leave that to more expert sources.
Today is the First Friday of the month, so, taking the Sacred Heart of Jesus into prayer today (especially the Mass – remember those 12 promises), think about the upcoming Lenten season, the ways in which you can be less self-cenetered and more generous, in line with the heart of the Lord.
Sharing what we’re “giving up for Lent” initially seems a little bit childish to me, something grade schoolers do as some sort of competition. On the other hand, it might be good to see what others are sacrificing to the Lord in order to better share their burdens and to feel more comfortable about sharing one’s burdens with others.
So, this Lent I will be abstaining from my longtime love, recently made a hobby, of good beer (well, beer in general, but especially the good ones). This won’t be easy, especially since I’m trying to complete the Winking Lizard’s World Tour of Beers, but that makes it all the more worthy an abstinence. Refraining from something wouldn’t be much of a sacrifice if there weren’t much attachment involved in the first place. The fact that this thought came to me very clearly, out of nowhere, recently at Mass makes it all the better a choice for this year’s Lenten fast. Thank God for those mini-Easter breaks from Lent each Sunday!
If you feel moved to do so, share your Lenten fast with us here on the blog in the comments section. Let’s all pray for each other a little more intensely during this holy season in anticipation of Easter.