Growing up in the Catholic Church, the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday, the 40 days before Easter Sunday, signified the days before Jesus’ death on the cross as a sacrifice of love for us and His subsequent rise from the grave.
For some of us, it was a time of fasting or sacrificing something significant in our lives. Limited in my belief and so immature in my understanding, I would usually give up candy, soda or something that gave me great comfort—I found it painful on so many levels. As I grew older, drinking alcohol was set aside for the 40-day period. As I said, I gave up what comforted me. [Read more…]