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To give, to give up... Lent

Ah Lent.  The time of "giving up" something.
Lent is about conversion, turning our lives more completely over to Christ and his way of life. That always involves giving up sin in some form. The goal is not just to abstain from sin for the duration of Lent but to root sin out of our lives forever. Conversion means leaving behind an old way of living and acting in order to embrace new life in Christ. For catechumens, Lent is a period intended to bring their initial conversion to completion.
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It is not a secret that I struggle with some of the teachings, practices, ideals, beliefs of the Church but that does not mean that I do not believe, for the most part, in what the church stands for and represents.  And...  This is by far my favorite part of the year because it screams of renewal and a chance to renew my faith.  I admit that I am a bad Catholic.  I am not the best Christian.   Proud of these things, not really but, I am... human.

I thought teaching PSR would bring me closer to the church and in so many wonderful ways it has brought me closer.  In fact, I even channeled one of my favorite nuns when one of my students turned to me during a prayer service dedicated to St. Joseph and asked how much longer they had to kneel.  As I glanced at the Eucharist on display on the alter I said (with straight face), "Jesus hung on the cross for 3 hours, I think we can manage kneeling for an hour."  Sister Theresa would be proud but I meant every word, however, I am so glad they turned around when they did because at that moment, during the Litany, my eyes rolled to the back of my head when the woman reading said:
Protector of Virgins,
Pray for us.
Poor Virgins, who knew they needed protecting?  There are so many things I embrace with open arms and so many things I question...

I need some inspiration as to what to give up for Lent.  Last year, I gave up Facebook, the year before was red meat and the year before that was soda pop.  Root out sin.  Giving up sin.  I want it to meaningful.  Just not sure what.  I know I don't want to revert to the stand by of chocolate that my mom forced us to do all through our childhood.  Maybe I will just start with going to mass today and see how it plays out from there...

Happy Wednesday!  Happy Lent?
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