Friday, March 11, 2011


Every year for the past few years I have given up something for Lent. (Lent being the forty day preparation before celebrating Holy Week and Easter.) This year Hilde is adamant about not eating meat. She has had "non-vegetarian days" but she wants to go through Lent without eating meat. She will, except for St. Patrick's Day when she *NEEDS* to have corned beef. (Her words not mine.) I told her it was okay, the Pope gave everyone a dispensation for St. Patrick's Day. To which she replied, "What's a pope?"

Maeve in her ever realistic, "Why would you do that?" phase didn't give anything up for Lent. When I thought about it I was happy. Maeve is a rule follower, checklist perfectionist already. She doesn't need Lent. She needs to learn to lighten up.

I was reluctant to tell my family what I was giving up this year. I wanted to keep it secret, I didn't want any comments.

My girls wouldn't let me.

So, I told them. I promised Daniel not to ask to be desperate before God. I did that before and He took me up on the offer.

So, this year I gave up TV - again. Yes, again. Why? TV is a huge distraction for me. I get lost in it. It is mind numbing.

Now, I don't believe all TV is evil. TV can be watched in a sacramental way. So, this year I decided to watch TV with the girls but then no TV if they are not with me.

Maeve said, "Good! Now you will have more time to write stories." Yes, that's part of the point. TV sucks my time when I really would rather be here or writing an essay or news article. It is just that after 9pm mind numbing activities are so easy and writing with a sleepy brain is so hard.

This Lent I will try to watch less and write more.

I also wanted to engage in a spiritual activity this year. Do something not just give something up. The past few weeks have been hard. I am moving across the country and have needed to sell a house. Moving is a kind of Lent in itself. I needed to lighten up too.

So, I chose an easy thing. I am reading a book. I am reading An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. She is the queen of ordinary sacrament. This book is giving voice to my vocation. It resonates with me.

No big goals for this forty day, just a little trying to be more attentive.

I'll let you know who we do.

P.S. The image I used is from a great organization. Check them out Love Life Live Lent.


  1. I would like to give up the internet for Lent (even though I'm not Catholic) but I can't even figure out how that would be possible. I use it for girl scouts, my calling at church, preschool,everything! maybe I can give every part of it up besides email. Yeah, right! What would I do without blogs and google news? IT's pathetic. I hardly ever watch television, but the internet is a huge vice for me. I waste so much time surfing that my kids know to look for me in the office first. Super sad. ALthough I know, without a doubt, that if I asked Heavenly Father for help, He would give it to me. I think I'm just too big of a chicken to give it up. Pathetic!!

  2. Amy - I start small. I try to sabbath away from the internet. No computer from sundown Saturday until sundown Sunday. I TRY. It doesn't always work but I try. :) When I leave the laptop, I tell myself nothing is going to happen while I am away. :)