I haven’t made a Lenten promise since high school and now only loosely identify with the religious aspects of being Catholic, but I’m all for Holidays and structured dates, so I’m following Fat Bridesmaid’s lead to create my own personal challenge for Lent.
First, a little Lent history.
Lent is the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It represents the time Jesus spent leading up to his crucifiction and resurrection. Traditionally, the 40 days are spent fasting (which has since evolved to not eating meat on Fridays), doing penance and prayer. It’s a season of reflection and recommitment to one’s faith.
In my family, each of us would commit to giving up something and commit to doing a consistent act of good. For example, I’d give up candy or gum in honor of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. And I’d do community service, volunteer to help my grandmother with chores, promise not to argue with my siblings or do something else that represented the good he did for us.