Somehow as a child I got the idea that fasting or ‘giving up’ something during Lent was either not necessary or was superficial.
Perhaps it goes back to my third-grade best friend Joanie, who was Catholic. I remember the day she came to school and announced she was giving up cookies for Lent. I knew something of Lent, as my family had gone to church for the Ash Wednesday service the evening before. But I had heard nothing about ‘giving up’ something for Lent.
When I asked Mother about it that afternoon after school, she answered, “that is something Catholics do.” I already ‘knew’ that we didn’t do what Catholics did! In those days it seems we were taught that one did not date or marry a Catholic, and one had to be very cautious about being friends with a Catholic!
I have since learned to love and respect many Catholics and their devout Christian faith. And during Lent I set aside extra time to read Scripture or other Christian writings and to spend more time in prayer. This year I made the commitment to write on this blog each day.