The Common Good

Don't Give Anything Up for Lent -- Give Yourself

Are you giving something up for Lent? What and why?

Lent is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. It marks a time of humility, repentance, and soul searching as one draws closer to the Passion of Christ.

I appreciate the Lenten season. I really do; but I'm ambivalent about how vogue it is to give something up during Lent. Especially when it's something like chocolate, coffee, sodas, sugar, Facebook, Twitter, television, and so on.

I don't want to knock those who give stuff up. In fact, I commend you. But I want to know why.

In what way does the self-denial of whatever make you more mindful of Christ and His Way?

For me, I don't want to think of it as a giving up but rather a season of more deeply 'giving in' or 'giving to'

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