Since Christmas I have had a box of delicious chocolate candy sitting on the table in my office. If people come along who are hungry for chocolates I tell them to help themselves. It is amazing that there are still about 15 pieces left in the box. Why? Many of our staff tell me they are trying to shed the pounds gained during the Christmas season.
“You have to get rid of those chocolates before Lent!” a member of our staff told me last week. The comment recalled the “no candy during Lent” rule my parents kept in our home when I was a child. Then I thought: Yikes! Lent starts this Wednesday—February 13.
Lent is about a lot more important things than abstaining from candy, of course. If you need any help in understanding the meaning of Lent, take a look at our new book, Fast, Pray, Give: Making the Most of Lent, which has an optional DVD with Leader’s Guide. You can also choose from our other new Lenten books, like Scott Hahn’s Lenten Reflections From a Father Who Keeps His Promises and Lent With St. Francis: Daily Reflections. These all offer good ways to support your observance of the Lenten season.
Lent is almost here. As the minister says when distributing ashes: “Repent and Believe the Good News” or the traditional: “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” And, yes, it is good to abstain from candy and follow the Church’s rules on fast and abstinence during the season of Lent.
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