Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial.— for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.
This practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation. Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but many, such as Lutherans, Methodists and Anglicans, do. (via Wikipedia)
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“We all overuse, we all overeat, we all overindulge,” Hislop said. “The purpose of Lent is to engage in a practice that will help us to use less and care more for other people.”
Why am I talking about Lent today? Well two of my four best-est friends are Catholic. @CWattigney on Twitter and Oklahoma BF, who is from now on referred to as OKBF. (She is tech and social media adverse, don't expect to find her pearls of wisdom any where.)
In support of them and in my continuing effort to improve myself I will be practicing almsgiving and self-denial. For self denial, I have decided to give up red meat and pork.
This will be very hard for me, one word - bacon! Can I tell you I love bacon? I don't torture bacon in a skillet; where the middle will cook leaving the ends undone. Forcing you to find creative ways to curl it so that you can cook the end pieces. No, I reverently lay it out on a cookie sheet. I place it delicately in the oven. I wait for it to achieve the right amount of crispiness before I take it out and consume it copious amounts. Bacon goes with everything. What is a BLT without the B? Oh, bacon how I love thee... (I'll stop now)
Last year, I attempted to give up coffee and I did pretty well. My dependence on coffee/caffeine has tailored down tremendously.
For almsgiving, I still have my monthly donation to Wyclef's YeleHaiti. I am donating another batch of clothes to the Lupus Foundation. I am also looking for volunteer activities for myself and the Princess and Superhero to do on the weekends. If you have any ideas let me know.
Others are observing Lent in a myriad of ways I've found: