|Me in my uniform. Circa 1956|
Today is Wednesday. Actually it’s Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent…40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays).
My formal education began with 8 years in Catholic school taught by Dominican nuns. Obviously Ash Wednesday was a big day. After attending church (which I obediently did EVERYday as part of school) and having ashes ceremoniously crossed onto my forehead, my thoughts would turn to the daunting task of what to “give-up” for Lent. A discussion that always involved my girlfriends and what “evil influences” they were going to abstain from that particular year.
Candy? Ice Cream? Not American Bandstand, pleeeze! I don’t recall anything I gave up that lasted all of a couple days, let alone 40. I do recall friends, though, who couldn’t spend a day at the movies during this time, or participate in any other “fun” activities.
Fast-forward to 2014. Not much thought has been given to the Lenten season. Perhaps I should re-visit the practice of depriving myself of something for Lent. How about giving up Facebook...OMG? Think what I could do with all that extra time!
Or how about abstaining from some real sweet treats? It could do a body good…and maybe even a soul.