Those of us who grew up in families of practicing Catholics quickly associated Lent to the time of year when we would have to give up something that we enjoyed. Whether we gave up sweets – or a more popular one, today; Netflix – it would be on our minds for 40 days. However, as we got older, and perhaps went through Catechism, we began to understand why we give something up over the 40-day period. It is not about picking something easy, but truly making a sacrifice. Also, in the process, we all hopefully came to the realization that in the grand scheme of things, what we sacrificed is something that we should live without. I do not think that many people consider that aspect of Lent. We tend to be shortsighted with what we give up; both temporarily giving up something that we do not care too deeply about and also doing it just because we feel like we have to.

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