Lent is Upon Us

King Cake in celebration of Mardi Gras

King Cake in celebration of Mardi Gras

It’s that time of the year again. We celebrated Fat Tuesday at work with tons of baked goods, including a King Cake, donuts, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and all other kinds of sweets. Our kitchen was literally jammed with containers full of sweets, but by the end of the day on Thursday it was slim pickens!

So another Lenten season is upon us. I meant to pick up “my little black book” in church last week, but I had left my gloves in the pew and was too worried about finding them that I left without getting one! So, my daily Lenten ritual is missing. Hopefully I can still get a book this weekend in church.

We went with friends tonight to a fish fry at St. Teresa of Avila in the North Hills. During our meal, we mapped out all the fish frys we plan to attend this season, including St. Benedict the Abbott in Murrysville where my brother is Pastor. It’s a nice Friday night social outing for us and we’re able to support the area church fundraisers.

Once I got home, my husband fell asleep while watching the Pens game and left me sitting here thinking about Lent. What am I giving up for Lent? During dinner we had laughed at Gert’s Mom and Dad. They gave up highballs. That made me laugh out loud. I don’t know anyone who drinks highballs anymore, and not at the amount that it’s a sacrifice to stop drinking them!

So I’m giving up swearing. Yep, it’s going to be very difficult. Some of the things that come out of my mouth are actually terms of endearment! Quite a few swear words have made it into my normal conversations, especially at work, and I’ve been wanting to break this awful habit. They’re part of my everyday vocabulary — I use them as adjectives or expletives to get my point across. I know I can do it, because I am able to control my conversations with clients and around my Mom.

I know it’s going to be difficult and I know I’ll have slips. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to keep track of every time I swear, and for every time I swear, I’m adding a dollar to a charity jar that I will keep for an entire year. And at the end of this year, I will use it for Christmas gifts for a needy family.

So as we begin our journey through Lent, know that I’ll be saving dollar bills. I wish you all luck with all those things you give up this Lent!

Let me know your thoughts!