I'm not Catholic, although I do admire a few of the Catholic institutions such as Lent, confession and CCD. And baby baptism is a beautiful tradition as well.
I've never really observed Lent, but I see the value in it, as a Christian.
This year I want to give up alcohol for Lent. When I look at what the biggest sacrifices in my life would be, I think of alcohol, cell phone (except for phone/text for necessary communication), Facebook, TAM
.....but if I'm being honest, the toughest one would be alcohol. The scariest part of it for me is that I have anxiety, and one of the reasons I drink alcohol is to alleviate anxiety (which I realize, in the long run, probably only makes it worse). So I'll need to really embrace and TRY other methods to deal with that (like meditation, yoga, Bible reading, etc.).
I can't remember the last time I went 40 days without alcohol. It probably hasn't been since 2002 when I was pregnant with my second child. And certainly not in 2015, since it was my worst year ever.
Lent is February 10 through March 24.
Anyone else participating in Lent?