Have you ever given anything up for Lent? Do you think there's value in willfully depriving yourself of something you enjoy for 6 weeks? Are you giving anything up this year?
I was raised Catholic and even went to Catholic school for 6 years, and I have never given anything up for Lent. This year I'm going to try it for the first time. I'm going to give up cheese for 6 weeks. I'm not doing it to get closer to Jesus, I'm just doing it because this seems like a convenient and culturally appropriate block of time to try giving up something I've wondered if I could ever do without. But who knows, maybe it's just been cheese standing between me and spiritual enlightenment all along! I'll report back in 6 weeks.