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Lent is here!

14 February 2013

Growing up Catholic, we celebrated a lot and I mean a lot of traditions. One of my favorites that has stuck with me into adulthood is practicing "giving up" or sacrificing something during Lent. Its origins are hazy as the Nicene Council discussed such a fasting practice in the 300's but nothing was put in stone. What we have come to know as Lenten season can be dated back to the 600's. Even so, I love that it is a time to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming Easter. People in general were much more disciplined and sacrificial. You can see that when the power goes out and people are instantly "bored" because their T.V. or Internet is temporarily disconnected. It might only be a for a few hours but it is very telling in what we are capable of as a species. 

I love the story of Christ's temptation in the dessert by the devil. Over and over again He remains so strong against a force that I cripple to on a daily basis. As such, I'm going to take these 40 days and work my hardest to battle these temptations. I have decided to give up high fructose corn syrup containing foods and  do one random act of kindness each day to both friends and perfect strangers. So stay tuned on my Lenten journey! 

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