Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lent: not just about giving up chocolate

From Texas-

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day prelude to the Easter season for Roman Catholics and some Protestants.

“Lent is a period of spiritual discernment where you examine yourself and your life before God in preparation for Easter,” said the Rev. Baron Eliason of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

“In many ways, it’s a way to get ready, to sort of pack your bags ... so that when Easter comes you’re spiritually prepared.”

That spiritual preparation has traditionally meant abstaining from certain foods, like chocolate, or certain habits, like smoking.

Christ the King Cathedral member Ron Vowels said that abstention was an assumed practice during Lent. He said that in the past if someone had asked about his Lenten plans, “I would have said, ‘I’m going to give up chocolate ... because you’re supposed to. It’s Lent.’ ”

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