Do you love Lent? I suppose not many of us do. The traditional Lenten practices of almsgiving and fasting are not meant to be pleasant. Suffering and sacrifice are kind of the point. But in some crazy way, I do love Lent. This might make me a Catholic nerd, but I think human beings crave the kind of balance we find in the seasons of fasting and feasting that the Church “imposes” on us.
Growing up in a large family, we kids sometimes approached Lent with a competitive spirit. If I gave up desserts for Lent, but my sister gave up desserts and television time, I felt the need to step up my sacrifice. I now see my own kids sometimes playing this comparison game.
It is tempting at times to look around and compare our faith life with everyone else’s. If a fellow parishioner has time for daily Mass, why don’t we? If our sisters or friends make praying family rosaries a priority, why can’t we?
While it’s good to challenge ourselves, and the examples of others can certainly do that, I think it is also important to keep our eyes on our own papers. St. Francis de Sales once said, “Be who you are, and be that well,” and I think that’s the only challenge any of us ever needs.Whatever resources you use and whatever your Lent looks like this year, we here at Catholic Digest are honored to be part of the journey with you. It is our goal to encourage and support you in all seasons of Catholic living, and we love to hear from our readers about ways we can do exactly that. Stop by online CatholicDigest.com or connect with us on Facebook—let us know how we are doing and how we can support you this year as you strive to be who you are, and be that well. We look forward to hearing from you.
Danielle Bean, Editor-in-Chief