As part of the 40-plus days that make up the Lenten season — a time to reflect on one’s mortality and lessen one’s attachment to worldly things — some Christians give up something they really like. Foods, especially chocolate and other sweets, are probably the most common choices.
Newt Gingrich said he is giving up dessert; his wife, Callista, joked that she is giving up “my opinion.” Rick Santorum said he was forgoing Italian foods, although he didn’t specify which ones.
Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church in Maplewood is joining other congregations worldwide to encourage its members to participate in the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast, an initiative to reduce one’s individual carbon footprint. Each day of Lent, the Church is posting a suggested carbon-reducing activity. For instance, today is “Say no to bottled water and drink tap water.”
For the first time ever, the Pope will be tweeting every day throughout the Lenten season. As one of his Monsignors pointed out, “many of the key Gospel ideas are readily rendered in just 140 characters.” You can follow Pope Benedict XVI at @Pope2YouVatican. Today’s tweet was: “The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity.”
Are you giving up anything for Lent? Take our poll, and let us know in comments. (And please keep the tone respectful and civil).